[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 183 (Monday, September 21, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20727]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]
SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand
the scope of recognition for SGS North America, Inc., as a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on
September 21, 2020.
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, telephone: (202) 693-1999;
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 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Notice of Final Decision
OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of
recognition of SGS North America, Inc. (SGS), as a NRTL. SGS's
expansion covers the addition of one recognized testing and
certification site to their NRTL scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of a 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 the 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 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 the preliminary finding and, in the second
notice, the agency provides the 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 the scope of recognition. These pages are
available from the agency's website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
SGS submitted an application, dated October 16, 2017 (OSHA-2006-
0040-0052), to expand the recognition to include the addition of one
recognized testing and certification site located at: SGS Consumer and
Retail France, 135, Rue Rene Descartes-CS 30584, 13857 Aix en Provence
Cedex 3, France. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the
application and other pertinent information. OSHA staff also performed
an on-site review of SGS France's testing and certification facility on
July 23-24, 2018 and recommended expansion of SGS's recognition to
include this one site.
OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing SGS's expansion
application in the Federal Register on February 26, 2020 (85 FR 11117).
The agency requested comments by March 12, 2020, but it received no
comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this
final notice to grant expansion of SGS's scope of recognition.
To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to
the SGS expansion 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-3653,
Washington, DC 20210. Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040 contains all materials
in the record concerning SGS's recognition.
II. Final Decision and Order
OSHA staff examined SGS's expansion application, conducted a
detailed on-site assessment, and examined other pertinent information.
Based on review of this evidence, OSHA finds that SGS meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of recognition, subject to
the specified limitation and conditions. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding
with this final notice to grant SGS's scope of recognition. OSHA limits
the expansion of SGS's recognition to include the site
in France as listed above. OSHA's recognition of this site limits SGS
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 SGS'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,
SGS also must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
1. SGS must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any
change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major
change in the operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the
2. SGS must meet all the terms of the recognition and comply with
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
3. SGS must continue to meet the requirements for recognition,
including all previously published conditions on SGS's scope of
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.
OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the
Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the
recognition of SGS, subject to these limitations and conditions
III. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Principal 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 September 15, 2020.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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