[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 42 (Friday, March 5, 2021)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04550]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0041]
Southwest Research Institute: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to grant
renewal of recognition to Southwest Research Institute 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;
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: email@example.com.
I. Notice of Final Decision
OSHA hereby gives notice that it is granting the renewal of
recognition of Southwest Research Institute, Inc. (SWRI) as a NRTL
under 29 CFR 1910.7.
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.
SWRI initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on July 13, 1993
(58 FR 37752). SWRI's most recent renewal was granted on July 30, 2014,
for a five-year period ending on July 30, 2019. SWRI submitted a timely
request for renewal, dated September 14, 2018 (OSHA-2006-0041-0008),
and retains their recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this
renewal process. The current address of the SWRI facility recognized by
OSHA and included as part of the renewal request is: Southwest Research
Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, Post Office Drawer 28510, San Antonio,
OSHA evaluated SWRI's application for renewal and made a
preliminary determination that SWRI can continue to meet the
requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition.
OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing SWRI's renewal
application in the Federal Register on July 13, 2020 (85 FR 42015). The
agency requested comments by July 28, 2020, and received no comments in
response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this final notice
to renew SWRI NRTL recognition.
To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to
the SWRI 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-2006-0041 contains all
materials in the record concerning SWRI'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 SWRI as a
NRTL. OSHA examined SWRI's renewal application and all pertinent
information related to SWRI's request for renewal of NRTL recognition.
Based on this review of the renewal request and other pertinent
information, OSHA finds that SWRI 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 SWRI's
recognition to include the terms and conditions of SWRI's recognition
found in 58 FR 37752. The NRTL scope of recognition for SWRI is also
available on the OSHA website at: https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/swri.html. This renewal extends SWRI's recognition as a NRTL for a
period of five years from March 5, 2021.
In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7,
SWRI must abide by the following conditions of recognition:
1. SWRI 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. SWRI must meet all the terms of their recognition and comply
with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
3. SWRI must continue to meet the requirements for recognition,
including all previously published conditions on SWRI'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 SWRI 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.
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