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    SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 42 (Friday, March 5, 2021)]
[Pages 12973-12974]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04549]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]

SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to grant 
renewal of recognition to SGS North America, Inc. as a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The renewal of recognition becomes effective on March 5, 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 that it is granting the renewal of 
recognition of SGS North America, Inc. (SGS) as a NRTL under 29 CFR 
    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. OSHA 
maintains an informational web page for each NRTL that details the 
scope of recognition available at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    OSHA processes applications submitted by an NRTL for renewal of 
recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA 
conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, 
App. A II.C. In accordance with these procedures, NRTLs submit a 
renewal request to OSHA between nine months and one year before the 
expiration date of the current recognition. A renewal request includes 
a request for renewal and any additional information demonstrating 
their continued compliance with the terms of the recognition and 29 CFR 
1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL 
headquarters and any key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will 
schedule the necessary on-site assessment prior to the expiration date 
of the NRTL's recognition. Upon review of the submitted material and, 
as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA 
announces the preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal in the 
Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. OSHA then 
publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments 
and renewing the NRTL's recognition for a period of five years, or 
denying the renewal of recognition.
    SGS initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on March 23, 1993 
(58 FR 15509). SGS's most recent renewal was on July 14, 2014, for a 
five-year period ending on July 14, 2019. SGS submitted a timely 
request for renewal, dated October 2, 2018 (OSHA-2006-0040-0050), and 
retains their recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal 
process. The current addresses of the SGS facilities recognized by OSHA 
and included as part of the renewal request are:
    (1) SGS North America, Inc., 620 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, 
Georgia 30024;
    (2) Consumer Testing Services, SGS Tecnos S.A., C/. Trespaderne 29, 
Edificio Barajas 1, 28042 Madrid, Spain;
    (3) SGS--Baseefa Limited, Rockhead Business Park, Staden Lane, 
Buxton SK17 9RZ, United Kingdom;
    (4) SGS--Fimko, Ltd., Sarkiniementie 3, FI-00210 Helsinki, Finland;
    (5) SGS--Guangzhou, 198 Kezhu Road, Scientech Park, Guangzhou 
Economic & Technology Development District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 
    (6) SGS--Ningbo, 1-5/F., West of Building 4, Lingyun Industry Park, 
No. 1177, Lingyun Road, Ningbo National Hi-Tech Zone, Ningbo, Zhejiang, 
    (7) SGS--Shanghai, No. 588 West Jindu Road, Xinqiao Town, Songjiang 
District 201612, Shanghai, China;
    (8) SGS--Shenzhen Branch, No. 1 Workshop, M-10, Middle Section, 
Science & Technology Park, Nan Shan District, Shenzhen, China; and
    (9) SGS--Shunde, 198 Kezhu Road, Scientech Park Building 1, 
European Industrial Park, No. 1, Shunde South Road, Wusha, Daliang, 
Shunde District, Foshan, Guangdong, China.
    OSHA evaluated SGS's application for renewal and made a preliminary 
determination that SGS can continue to meet the requirements prescribed 
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing SGS's renewal 
application in the Federal Register on July 14, 2020 (85 FR 42436). The 
agency requested comments by July 29, 2020, and received no comments in 
response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this final notice 
to renew SGS's NRTL recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the SGS's 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-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. 
Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040 contains all materials in the record 
concerning SGS's NRTL recognition. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 
pandemic, the Docket Office is closed to the public at this time but 
can be contacted at (202) 693-2350.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the renewal of recognition of SGS as a 
NRTL. OSHA examined SGS renewal application and all pertinent 
information related to SGS's request for renewal of NRTL recognition. 
Based on this review of the renewal request and other pertinent 
information, OSHA finds that SGS meets the requirements of 29 CFR 
1910.7 for renewal of recognition as a NRTL, subject to the specified 
limitation and conditions. OSHA limits the renewal of SGS's recognition 
to include the terms and conditions of SGS's recognition found in 58 FR 
15509. The NRTL scope of recognition for SGS is also available on the 
OSHA website at: https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/sgs.html. This 
renewal extends SGS's recognition as a NRTL for a period of five years 
from March 5, 2021.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
SGS must abide by the following conditions of 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 their operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. SGS must meet all the terms of their 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.
    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby renews the 
recognition of SGS as a NRTL.

III. Authority and Signature

    Amanda L. Edens, 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 March 1, 2021.
Amanda L. Edens,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-04549 Filed 3-4-21; 8:45 am]