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    SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 183 (Monday, September 21, 2020)]
[Pages 59332-59333]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20727]



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.

ACTION: Notice.


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; 
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 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.


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.

A. Conditions

    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 
Federal Register.
    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the 
recognition of SGS, subject to these limitations and conditions 
specified above.

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.
Loren Sweatt,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
[FR Doc. 2020-20727 Filed 9-18-20; 8:45 am]