[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 134 (Monday, July 14, 2014)][Notices][Pages 40787-40788]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-16431]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0048]
NSF International: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration's final decision granting renewal of recognition of NSF
International as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
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;
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. OSHA's Web page
includes information about the NRTL Program
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 page for
each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are
available from the Agency's Web site at
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, section 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
an application 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 assessments 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.
NSF International (NSF) initially received OSHA recognition as an
NRTL on December 10, 1998 (63 FR 68309). The most recent renewal for
NSF was on August 30, 2005, for a five-year period expiring on August
30, 2010. NSF submitted a timely request for renewal, dated November
16, 2009 (see Exhibit OSHA-2006-0048-0010), and retained its
recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The
current address of the NSF facility recognized by OSHA and included as
part of the renewal request is NSF International, 789 Dixboro Road, Ann
Arbor, Michigan 48105.
OSHA evaluated NSF's application for renewal and made a preliminary
determination that NSF can continue to meet the requirements prescribed
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition. OSHA conducted an on-site audit of
NSF's facilities on January 29, 2014, and found non-conformances with
the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. NSF 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
NSF's facilities for this request for renewal based on its evaluation
of NSF's application, the audit, and all other available information.
OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing NSF's renewal
request in the Federal Register on April 22, 2014 (79 FR 22547). The
Agency requested comments by May 7, 2014, but received no comments in
response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice
to grant NSF's request for renewal of recognition.
To obtain or review copies of the publicly available information in
NSF's application, including pertinent documents (e.g., exhibits) and
all submitted comments, contact the Docket Office, Occupational Safety
and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. These materials are also
available online at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-
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 NSF as an NRTL. OSHA NRTL
Program staff reviewed the renewal request for NSF and other pertinent
information provided by NSF. Based on this review of the renewal
request for NSF and other available information, OSHA finds that NSF
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 NSF's recognition to include the terms and conditions of
NSF's scope of recognition. The scope of recognition for NSF is
available in the Federal Register notice dated December 10, 1998 (63 FR
68309), or on OSHA's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/nsf.html.
In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7,
NSF also must abide by the following conditions of recognition:
1. NSF 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. NSF must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
3. NSF must continue to meet the requirements for recognition,
including all previously published conditions on NSF'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.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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