[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 153 (Monday, August 10, 2015)][Notices][Pages 47953-47955]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-19593]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042]
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the application of TUV
Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA), for expansion of its
recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and
presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application.
DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this
notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on
or before August 25, 2015.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
1. Electronically: Submit comments and attachments electronically
at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
the instructions online for making electronic submissions.
2. Facsimile: If submissions, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, commenters may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
3. Regular or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier)
service: Submit comments, requests, and any attachments to the OSHA
Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042, Technical Data Center, U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350 (TTY number: (877) 889-
5627). Note that security procedures may result in significant delays
in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express mail, hand
delivery, or messenger service. The hours of operation for the OSHA
Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
4. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and
the OSHA docket number (OSHA-2007-0042). OSHA places comments and other
materials, including any personal information, in the public docket
without revision, and these materials will be available online at
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, the Agency cautions commenters
about submitting statements they do not want made available to the
public, or submitting comments that contain personal information
(either about themselves or others) such as Social Security numbers,
birth dates, and medical data.
5. Docket: To read or download submissions or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket are listed in the
http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g.,
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download
through the Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material,
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket
6. Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of
the comment period on or before August 25, 2015 to the 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, or by fax to (202) 693-
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. Kevin Robinson,
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; phone:
(202) 693-2110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Notice of the Application for Expansion
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is providing
notice that TUVRNA is applying for expansion of its current recognition
as an NRTL. TUVRNA requests the addition of one recognized testing and
certification site to its NRTL scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets
the requirements specified in Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations,
Section 1910.7 (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.
Recognition enables employers to use products approved by the NRTL to
meet OSHA standards that require product testing and certification.
The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial
recognition, and for an expansion or renewal of this recognition,
following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix
requires that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in
processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the
application and provides its preliminary finding. In the second notice,
the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These
notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of
that scope. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL,
including TUVRNA, which details the NRTL's scope of recognition. These
pages are available from the OSHA Web site at
TUVRNA currently has two facilities (sites) recognized by OSHA for
product testing and certification, with its headquarters located at:
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 12 Commerce Rd., Newtown, CT
06470. A complete list of TUVRNA sites recognized by OSHA is available
II. General Background on the Application
TUVRNA submitted an application, dated January 9, 2015 (OSHA-2007-
0042; Exhibit 15-1--TUVRNA Request for Expansion--January 2015), to
expand its recognition to include the addition of one recognized
testing and certification site located at: TUV Rheinland of North
America, Inc., 1279 Quarry Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566. OSHA staff
performed a detailed analysis of the application and other pertinent
information. OSHA staff also performed an on-site review of TUVRNA's
testing facility in Pleasanton, CA on March 17, 2015, in which the
assessors found some nonconformances with the requirements of 29 CFR
1910.7. TUVRNA addressed these issues sufficiently, and OSHA staff
recommended that OSHA should grant the application.
III. Preliminary Finding on the Application
TUVRNA submitted an acceptable application for expansion of its
scope of recognition. OSHA's review of the application file and its
detailed on-site assessment indicate that TUVRNA can meet the
requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition
to include the addition of the one site detailed above for NRTL testing
and certification. This preliminary finding does not constitute an
interim or temporary approval of TUVRNA's application.
OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether TUVRNA meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as an
NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and
exhibits. Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request
in writing, stating the reasons for the request. Commenters must submit
the written request for an extension by the due date for comments. OSHA
will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester justifies a
longer period. OSHA may deny a request for an
extension if it is not adequately justified. To obtain or review copies
of the publicly available information in TUVRNA's application,
including pertinent documents (e.g., exhibits) and all submitted
comments, contact the Docket Office, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety
and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above
address; these materials also are available online at http://www.regulations.gov
under Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042.
OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a
timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these
comments, will recommend to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational
Safety and Health whether to grant TUVRNA's application for expansion
of its scope of recognition. The Assistant Secretary will make the
final decision on granting the application. In making this decision,
the Assistant Secretary may undertake other proceedings prescribed in
Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this
final decision in the Federal Register.
IV. 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 August 5, 2015.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2015-19593 Filed 8-7-15; 8:45 am]
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