[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 221 (Tuesday, November 17, 2015)][Notices][Pages 71843-71844]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-29344]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042]
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand
the scope of recognition for TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.
(TUVRNA), as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on
November 17, 2015.
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 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; telephone:
(202) 693-2110; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. OSHA's Web page includes
information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).
I. Notice of Final Decision
OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of
recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA), as an
NRTL. TUVRNA's expansion covers the addition of one recognized testing
and certification site to their NRTL scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets
the requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal
Regulations (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.
The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial
recognition, or for 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 and, 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
that details its scope of recognition. These pages are available from the
Agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
TUVRNA submitted an application, dated January 9, 2015 (OSHA-2007-
0042-0013), to expand its recognition to include the addition of one
recognized testing and certification sites 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
Pleasanton, CA testing and certification facility on March 17, 2015,
and recommended expansion of TUVRNA's recognition to include this one
OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing TUVRNA's expansion
application in the Federal Register on August 10, 2015 (80 FR 47953).
The Agency requested comments by August 25, 2015, but it received no
comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this
final notice to grant expansion of TUVRNA's scope of recognition.
To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to
the TUVRNA's application, go to 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-2007-0042 contains all materials
in the record concerning TUVRNA's recognition.
II. Final Decision and Order
OSHA staff examined TUVRNA's expansion application, conducted a
detailed on-site assessment, and examined other pertinent information.
Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that TUVRNA meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject
to the limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is
proceeding with this final notice to grant TUVRNA's scope of
recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of TUVRNA's recognition to
include the site at TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 1279 Quarry
Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566 as listed above. OSHA's recognition of this
site limits TUVRNA to performing product testing and certifications
only to the test standards for which the site has the proper capability
and programs, and for test standards in TUVRNA's scope of recognition.
This limitation is consistent with the recognition that OSHA grants to
other NRTLs that operate multiple sites.
In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7,
TUVRNA also must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
1. TUVRNA 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. TUVRNA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply
with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
3. TUVRNA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition,
including all previously published conditions on TUVRNA's scope of
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.
Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the
recognition of TUVRNA, subject to these limitations and conditions
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 November 12, 2015.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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