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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    83:10523-10524
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 47 (Friday, March 9, 2018)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 10523-10524]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-04746]
  
  
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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
  
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  
  [Docket No. OSHA-2006-0028]
  
  
  MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
  
  AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
  
  ACTION: Notice.
  
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  SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand 
  the scope of recognition for MET Laboratories, Inc., as a Nationally 
  Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
  
  DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
  March 9, 2018.
  
  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, U.S. Department of Labor, phone: 
  (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).
  
  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
  
  I. Notice of Final Decision
  
      OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of 
  recognition of MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET), as a NRTL. MET's expansion 
  covers the addition of four test standards to its scope of recognition.
      OSHA recognition of a 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 a 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 website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
      MET submitted four applications, one dated July 7, 2015 (OSHA-2006-
  0028-0037), two dated December 14, 2016

  
  (OSHA-2006-0028-0038 and OSHA-2006-0028-0039), and a fourth dated 
  January 11, 2017 (OSHA-2006-0028-0040), to expand its recognition to 
  include four additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a 
  comparability analysis and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA 
  did not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application.
      OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing MET's expansion 
  application in the Federal Register on December 18, 2017 (82 FR 60053). 
  The Agency requested comments by January 2, 2018, but it received no 
  comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this 
  final notice to grant expansion of MET's scope of recognition.
      To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
  the MET's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
  Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Docket No. OSHA-
  2006-0028 contains all materials in the record concerning MET's 
  recognition.
  
  II. Final Decision and Order
  
      OSHA staff examined MET's expansion application, its capability to 
  meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent 
  information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that MET 
  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 MET's 
  scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of MET'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 MET's NRTL
                            Scope of Recognition
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          Test standard                     Test standard title
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  UL 50E......................  Enclosures for Electrical Equipment,
                                 Environmental Considerations.
  UL 60079-1..................  Standard for Explosive Atmospheres--Part
                                 1: Equipment Protection by Flameproof
                                 Enclosures ``d''.
  UL 60335-2-40...............  Household and Similar Electrical
                                 Appliances--Safety--Part 2-40: Particular
                                 Requirements for Electrical Heat Pumps,
                                 Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers.
  UL 61800-5-1................  Standard for Adjustable Speed Electrical
                                 Power Drive Systems--Part 5-1: Safety
                                 Requirements--Electrical, Thermal and
                                 Energy.
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      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, a 
  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, 
  MET must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
      1. MET 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 a NRTL, and provide details of the 
  change(s);
      2. MET must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
  all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
      3. MET must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
  including all previously published conditions on MET'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 MET, subject to the limitation and conditions 
  specified above.
  
  III. 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 March 5, 2018.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2018-04746 Filed 3-8-18; 8:45 am]
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