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    Curtis-Strauss LLC: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 234 (Monday, December 7, 2015)][Notices][Pages 76049-76050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-30785]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0026]

Curtis-Strauss LLC: Grant of Expansion of Recognition

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand 
the scope of recognition for Curtis-Strauss LLC, as a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
December 7, 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; 
email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    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; telephone: 
(202) 693-2110; email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov. 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 Curtis-Strauss LLC (CSL), as an NRTL. CSL's expansion 
covers the addition of five test standards to its scope of recognition.
    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 of the products.
    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.
    CSL submitted an application, dated November 3, 2014 (OSHA-2009-
0026-0058), to expand its recognition to include five additional test 
standards. OSHA staff performed a comparability analysis and reviewed 
other pertinent information. OSHA performed an on-site review in 
relation to this application on January 27-28, 2015.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing CSL's expansion
application in the Federal Register on September 22, 2015 (80 FR 
57232). The Agency requested comments by October 7, 2015, but it 
received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding 
with this final notice to grant expansion of CSL's scope of 
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the CSL'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-2009-0026 contains all materials in the record 
concerning CSL's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined CSL's expansion application, conducted a 
detailed on-site assessment, and examined other pertinent information. 
Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that CSL meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject 
to the specified limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA, 
therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant CSL's scope of 
recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of CSL's recognition to testing 
and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the 
test standards listed in Table 1 below.

 Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in CSL's NRTL
                          Scope of Recognition
           Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 507............................  Standard for Electric Fans.
UL 1026...........................  Standard for Electric Household
                                     Cooking and Food-Serving
UL 1082...........................  Standard for Household Electric
                                     Coffee Makers and Brewing-Type
UL 60335-1........................  Safety of Household and Similar
                                     Electrical Appliances, Part 1:
                                     General Requirements.
UL 60335-2-8......................  Standard for Safety for Household
                                     and Similar Electrical Appliances,
                                     Part 2: Particular Requirements for
                                     Electric Shavers, Hair Clippers and
                                     Similar Appliances.

    OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is 
limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require 
third-party testing and certification before using them in the 
workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products 
for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an 
NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the 
test standards listed above as American National Standards. However, 
for convenience, we may use the designation of the standards-developing 
organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under 
the NRTL Program's policy (see OSHA Instruction CPL 1-0.3, Appendix C, 
paragraph XIV), any NRTL recognized for a particular test standard may 
use either the proprietary version of the test standard or the ANSI 
version of that standard. Contact ANSI to determine whether a test 
standard is currently ANSI-approved.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
CSL must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. CSL 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. CSL must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. CSL must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on CSL'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 
scope of recognition of CSL, subject to the limitation and conditions 
specified above.

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 December 2, 2015.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2015-30785 Filed 12-4-15; 8:45 am]