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    SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 134 (Monday, July 14, 2014)][Notices][Pages 40788-40789]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-16433]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]

SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration's final decision granting renewal of recognition of SGS 
North America, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory 
(NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7.

DATES: The renewal of recognition becomes effective on July 14, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is 
available from the following sources:
    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office 
of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; 
email: Meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    General and technical information: Contact Mr. David Johnson, 
Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, 
Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: 
(202) 693-2110; email: johnson.david.w@dol.gov. OSHA's Web page 
includes information about the NRTL Program 
(see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).


I. Background

    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements specified by 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an 
acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety 
testing and certification of the specific products covered within its 
scope of recognition, and is not a delegation or grant of government 
authority. As a result of recognition, employers may use products 
properly approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require 
testing and certification. OSHA maintains an informational Web site for 
each NRTL at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html that details 
its scope of recognition.
    OSHA processes applications submitted by an NRTL for renewal of 
recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA 
conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, 
App. A II.C. In accordance with these procedures, NRTLs submit a 
renewal request to OSHA between nine months and one year before the 
expiration date of its current recognition. A renewal request includes 
a request for renewal and any additional information demonstrating its 
continued compliance with the terms of its recognition and 29 CFR 
1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL 
headquarters and any key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will 
schedule the necessary on-site assessment prior to the expiration date 
of the NRTL's recognition. Upon review of the submitted material and, 
as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA 
announces its preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal in the 
Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. OSHA then 
publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments 
and renewing the NRTL's recognition for a period of five years, or 
denying the renewal of recognition.
    SGS North America, Inc. (SGS), initially received OSHA recognition 
as an NRTL on March 23, 1993 (58 FR 15509). The most recent renewal for 
SGS was on August 28, 1998, for a five-year period expiring on August 
28, 2003. SGS submitted a timely request for renewal, dated October 2, 
2002 (see Ex. OSHA-2006-0040-0008), and retained its recognition 
pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The current 
address of the SGS facility recognized by OSHA and included as part of 
the renewal request is SGS North America, Inc., 620 Old Peachtree Road, 
Suwanee, Georgia 30024.
    OSHA evaluated SGS's application for renewal and made a preliminary 
determination that SGS can continue to meet the requirements prescribed 
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition. OSHA conducted an audit of SGS on 
November 14-16, 2012, and found non-conformances with the requirements 
of 29 CFR 1910.7. SGS addressed these issues sufficiently to meet the 
applicable NRTL requirements. Accordingly, OSHA determined that it did 
not need to conduct an on-site review of SGS's facilities for this 
request for renewal based on its evaluation of SGS's application and 
all other available information.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing SGS's renewal 
request in the Federal Register on February 25, 2014 (79 FR 10569). The 
Agency requested comments by March 12, 2014, but received no comments in 
response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice 
to grant SGS's request for renewal of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the SGS's application, go to http://www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department 
of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 
20210. Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040 contains all materials in the record 
concerning SGS's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

    Pursuant to the authority granted under 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby 
gives notice of the renewal of recognition of SGS as an NRTL. OSHA NRTL 
Program staff reviewed the renewal request for SGS and other pertinent 
information. Based on this review of the renewal request for SGS and 
other pertinent information, OSHA finds that SGS meets the requirements 
of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of its recognition, subject to the 
specified limitation and conditions. OSHA limits the renewal of SGS's 
recognition to include the terms and conditions of SGS's scope of 
recognition. The scope of recognition for SGS is available in the 
Federal Register notice dated March 23, 1993 (58 FR 15509), on OSHA's 
Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/sgs.html.


    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
SGS also must abide by the following conditions of recognition:
    1. SGS must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any 
change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major 
change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. SGS must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. SGS must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on SGS's scope of 
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

III. Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. 
Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 
657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 
2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on July 9, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-16433 Filed 7-11-14; 8:45 am]