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    Applied Research Laboratories of South Florida, LLC; Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 10 (Friday, January 15, 2021)]
[Pages 4130-4131]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-00848]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0083]

Applied Research Laboratories of South Florida, LLC; 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 Applied Research Laboratories of South 
Florida, LLC as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
January 15, 2021.

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 for Applied Research Laboratories of South Florida LLC 
(ARL). ARL's expansion cover the addition of two test standards to the 
NRTL scope of recognition.
    OSHA's recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements specified in 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. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the 
type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by the 
applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have 
the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-
certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope. 
Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority; 
however, recognition enables employers to use products approved by the 
NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require product testing and 
    The agency processes applications by a NRTL for initial recognition 
and for an 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 a preliminary finding. 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, 
including ARL, which details the NRTL's scope of recognition. These 
pages are available from the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    ARL currently has one facility (site) recognized by OSHA for 
product testing and certification, with headquarters located at: 
Applied Research Laboratories of South Florida LLC, 5371 NW 161st 
Street, Miami, Florida 33014. A complete list of ARL's scope of 
recognition is available at https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/arl.html.
    ARL submitted an application, dated June 13, 2019 (OSHA-2007-0083-
0055), to expand recognition to include two 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 ARL's expansion application in the Federal Register 
on September 22, 2020 (85 FR 59554). The agency requested comments by 
October 7, 2020, but it received no comments in response to this 
notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this final notice to grant 
expansion of ARL's scope of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
ARL's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 202-693-2350. 
Docket No. OSHA-2007-0083 contains all materials in the record 
concerning ARL's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined ARL's expansion application, the capability to 
meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent 
information. Based on a review of this evidence, OSHA finds that ARL 
meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of the scope of 
recognition, subject to the conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, 
is proceeding with this final notice to grant the expansion of ARL's 
scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of ARL's scope of 
recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration 
of conformance to the test standards listed below in Table 1.

 Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in ARL's NRTL
                          Scope of Recognition
               Test standard                     Test standard title
ANSI/UL 399...............................  Standard for Drinking-Water
ANSI/UL 471...............................  Standard for Commercial
                                             Refrigerators and Freezers.

    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 designation of the standards-developing 
organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation may be 
used. 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, 
ARL must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. ARL 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. ARL must meet all the terms of the recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. ARL must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on ARL'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 ARL, subject to the conditions specified above.

III. Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, 
DC 20210, 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. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393, Sept. 18, 2020), 
and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on January 11, 2021.
Loren Sweatt,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
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