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    MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 188 (Monday, September 28, 2020)]
[Pages 60839-60840]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21278]



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.


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).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
September 28, 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, phone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
    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).


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 two test standards to the 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 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 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 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.
    MET submitted two applications, one dated June 28, 2018 (OSHA-2006-
0028-0066), and another dated January 14, 2019 (OSHA-2006-0028-0067). 
The applications seek to expand MET's scope of recognition to include 
two additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis 
of the applications and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did 
not perform any on-site reviews in relation to these applications.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing MET's expansion 
applications in the Federal Register on February 21, 2020 (85 FR 
10192). The agency requested comments by March 9, 2020, and received no 
comments in response to the preliminary notice. OSHA now is proceeding 
with this final notice to grant expansion of MET's scope of 
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
MET's applications, 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-3655, Washington, DC 
20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. Docket No. OSHA-2006-0028 contains all 
materials in the record concerning MET's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA examined MET's expansion applications, the capability to meet 
the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent 
information. Based on the review of this evidence, OSHA finds that MET 
meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of the scope of 
recognition, subject to conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is 
proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of MET's scope of 
recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of MET's scope of 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 60335-2-24.............  Household and Similar Electrical Appliances--
                             Safety--Part 2-24: Particular Requirements
                             for Refrigerating Appliances, Ice-Cream
                             Appliances and Ice-Makers.
UL 60079-18...............  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 18: Equipment
                             Protection by Encapsulation ``m''.

    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, OSHA 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 the operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. MET must meet all the terms of the 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 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 22, 2020.
Loren Sweatt,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
[FR Doc. 2020-21278 Filed 9-25-20; 8:45 am]