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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    83:5813-5815
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    MET Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition and Proposed Modification to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards
[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 28 (Friday, February 9, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5813-5815]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02563]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0028]


MET Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
and Proposed Modification to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate
Test Standards

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the application of MET
Laboratories, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's
preliminary finding to grant the application. Additionally, OSHA
proposes to add two new test standards to the NRTL Program's List of
Appropriate Test Standards.

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 February 26, 2018.

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.
Follow 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
(202) 693-1648.
    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-2006-0028, Technical Data Center, U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3653,
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 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., ET.
    4. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and
the OSHA docket number (OSHA-2006-0028). 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 website. 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
submissions.
    6. Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of
the comment period on or before February 26, 2018 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-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or by fax to (202) 693-
1644.

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, phone: (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, phone: (202) 693-2110 or email:
robinson.kevin@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Notice of the Application for Expansion

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is providing
notice that MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET), is applying for expansion of
its current recognition as a NRTL. MET requests the addition of four
test standards to its NRTL scope of recognition.
    OSHA recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets
the requirements specified in 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. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the
type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by its
applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have
the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-


certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope.
Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority;
however, 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 a 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 MET, which details the NRTL's scope of recognition. These
pages are available from the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    MET currently has one facility (site) recognized by OSHA for
product testing and certification, with its headquarters located at:
MET Laboratories, Inc., 914 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
21230. A complete list of MET's scope of recognition is available at
https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/met.html.

II. General Background on the Application

    MET submitted an application, dated November 8, 2016 (OSHA-2006-
0028-0041), to expand its recognition to include four additional test
standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the application
packet and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform
any on-site reviews in relation to this application.
    Table 1, below, lists the appropriate test standards found in MET's
application for expansion for testing and certification of products
under the NRTL Program.

  Table 1--Proposed List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in
                     MET's NRTL Scope of Recognition
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               Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 60745-2-15.............................  Hand-Held Motor-Operated
                                             Electric Tools--Safety--
                                             Part 2-15: Particular
                                             Requirements for Hedge
                                             Trimmers.
UL 61010-2-20.............................  Standard for Safety
                                             Requirements for Electrical
                                             Equipment for Measurement,
                                             Control, and Laboratory
                                             Use--Part 2-020: Particular
                                             Requirements for Laboratory
                                             Centrifuges.
UL 61010-2-101*...........................  Safety Requirements for
                                             Electrical Equipment for
                                             Measurement, Control and
                                             Laboratory Use--Part 2-101:
                                             Particular Requirements for
                                             In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD)
                                             Medical Equipment.
UL 61010-2-51*............................  Safety Requirements for
                                             Electrical Equipment for
                                             Measurement, Control and
                                             Laboratory Use--Part 2-051:
                                             Particular Requirements for
                                             Laboratory Equipment for
                                             Mixing and Stirring.
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* Represents the standard that OSHA proposes to add to the NRTL
  Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.

III. Proposal To Add New Test Standard to the NRTL Program's List of
Appropriate Test Standards

    Periodically, OSHA will propose to add new test standards to the
NRTL list of appropriate test standards following an evaluation of the
test standard document. To qualify as an appropriate test standard, the
Agency evaluates the document to (1) verify it represents a product
category for which OSHA requires certification by a NRTL, (2) verify
the document represents an end product and not a component, and (3)
verify the document defines safety test specifications (not
installation or operational performance specifications). OSHA becomes
aware of new test standards through various avenues. For example, OSHA
may become aware of new test standards by: (1) Monitoring notifications
issued by certain Standards Development Organizations; (2) reviewing
applications by NRTLs or applicants seeking recognition to include new
test standards in their scopes of recognition; and (3) obtaining
notification from manufacturers, manufacturing organizations,
government agencies, or other parties. OSHA may determine to include a
new test standard in the list, for example, if the test standard is for
a particular type of product that another test standard also covers or
it covers a type of product that no standard previously covered.
    In this notice, OSHA proposes to add two new test standards to the
NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards. Table 2, below,
lists the test standards that are new to the NRTL Program. OSHA
preliminarily determined that these test standards are appropriate test
standards and proposes to include them in the NRTL Program's List of
Appropriate Test Standards. OSHA seeks public comment on this
preliminary determination.

 Table 2--Test Standards OSHA Is Proposing To Add to the NRTL Program's
                   List of Appropriate Test Standards
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               Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 61010-2-101............................  Safety Requirements for
                                             Electrical Equipment for
                                             Measurement, Control and
                                             Laboratory Use--Part 2-101:
                                             Particular Requirements for
                                             In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD)
                                             Medical Equipment.
UL 61010-2-051............................  Safety Requirements for
                                             Electrical Equipment for
                                             Measurement, Control and
                                             Laboratory Use--Part 2-051:
                                             Particular Requirements for
                                             Laboratory Equipment for
                                             Mixing and Stirring.
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IV. Preliminary Findings on the Application

    MET submitted an acceptable application for expansion of its scope
of recognition. OSHA's review of the application file, and pertinent
documentation, indicate that MET can meet the requirements prescribed
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition to include the addition
of these four test standards for NRTL testing and certification listed
above. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or
temporary approval of MET's application.
    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether MET meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as a
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 the request is not adequately justified. To obtain or
review copies of the exhibits identified in this notice, as well as
comments submitted to the docket, contact the Docket Office, at the
above address. These materials also are available online at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-2006-0028.
    OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a
timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these
comments, recommend to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety
and Health whether to grant MET'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 its final decision in the
Federal Register.

IV. Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
Safety and Health, 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 February 5, 2018.
Loren Sweatt,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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