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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    83:22291-22292
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 93 (Monday, May 14, 2018)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 22291-22292]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-10154]
  
  

  
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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 and 
  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 final decision to expand 
  the scope of recognition for MET Laboratories, Inc., as a Nationally 
  Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Additionally, OSHA announces its 
  final decision to add two new test standards to the NRTL Program's List 
  of Appropriate Test Standards.
  
  DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
  May 14, 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; 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; 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).
  
  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 three test standards to its scope of 
  recognition, including two test standards that will be added to the 
  NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.
      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 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.
      OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing MET's expansion 
  application in the Federal Register on February 9, 2018 (83 FR 5318). 
  The Agency requested comments by February 26, 2018, but it received no 
  comments in response to this notice. In the preliminary notice, OSHA 
  included all four test standards that MET requested to add to its scope 
  of recognition. However, due to an inadvertent error, OSHA listed a 
  proposed test standard as already on the NRTL List of Appropriate Test 
  Standards, which it was not. To allow notice to stakeholders, OSHA will 
  later re-propose to add the test standard MET requested to MET's scope 
  of recognition and the NRTL List of Appropriate Test Standards. OSHA 
  now is proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of MET's 
  scope of recognition for the other three standards.
      To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
  MET'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-3653, 
  Washington, DC 20210. 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.
  
   Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in MET's NRTL
                            Scope of Recognition
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Test standard                     Test standard title
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  UL 60745-2-15..........................  Hand-Held Motor-Operated
                                            Electric Tools--Safety--Part 2-
                                            15: Particular Requirements
                                            for Hedge Trimmers.
  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.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  * Indicates standards that OSHA is adding to the NRTL Program's List of
    Appropriate Test Standards.
  
      In this notice, OSHA also announces the addition of 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 has determined that these test standards are appropriate 
  test standards and will include them in the NRTL Program's List of 
  Appropriate Test Standards.

  
  
  
    Table 2--Test Standards OSHA is Adding to the NRTL Program's List of
                         Appropriate Test Standards
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Test standard                     Test standard title
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  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.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
      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, the use of the designation of the standards-developing 
  organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation may 
  occur. 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 Inc., 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 May 4, 2018.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2018-10154 Filed 5-11-18; 8:45 am]
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