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    SolarPTL, LLC: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 58 (Monday, March 29, 2021)]
[Pages 16394-16395]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06386]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0013]

SolarPTL, LLC: 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 SolarPTL, LLC (PTL) as a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The renewal of recognition becomes effective on March 29, 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. Background

    OSHA hereby gives notice that it is granting the renewal of 
recognition of SolarPTL LLC (PTL) 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.
    PTL initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on March 23,

2011 (76 FR 16452). PTL was previously recognized by OSHA as TUV 
Rheinland PTL, whose name was changed following a sale to SolarPTL in 
October 2018. PTL submitted a timely request for renewal, dated April 
2, 2015 (OSHA-2010-0013), and has retained their recognition pending 
OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. OSHA conducted on-site 
assessments of PTL on February 18-22, 2016, November 14-15, 2017, and 
January 30-31, 2019, during which it identified nonconformities with 29 
CFR 1910.7. Although PTL worked to resolve these nonconformities, it 
took several years for PTL to demonstrate compliance with 29 CFR 
1910.7. The current address of the PTL facility recognized by OSHA and 
included as part of the renewal request is: SolarPTL, 1007 West 
Fairmont Avenue, Tempe, Arizona 85252.
    OSHA evaluated PTL's application for renewal and made a preliminary 
determination that PTL can meet the requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 
1910.7 for recognition.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing PTL's renewal 
application in the Federal Register on February 3, 2021 (86 FR 8042). 
The agency requested comments by February 18, 2021, and received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this 
final notice to renew PTL's NRTL recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the PTL application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
Office. Docket No. OSHA-2010-0013 contains all materials in the record 
concerning PTL'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 PTL as a 
NRTL. OSHA examined PTL's renewal application and all pertinent 
information related to PTL's request for renewal of NRTL recognition. 
Based on this review of the renewal request and other pertinent 
information, OSHA finds that PTL 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 PTL's recognition 
to include the terms and conditions of PTL's recognition found in 76 FR 
16452. The NRTL scope of recognition for PTL is also available on the 
OSHA website at: https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/ptl.html. This 
renewal extends PTL's recognition as a NRTL for a period of five years 
from March 29, 2021.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
PTL must abide by the following conditions of recognition:
    1. PTL 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. PTL must agree to increased OSHA oversight of their operations 
    (a) More frequent on-site assessments of PTL facilities; and
    (b) PTL shall continue to provide OSHA with written notification of 
any new or revised NRTL certificates that it issues, within 7 calendar 
days of issuing the certification. This notification shall include:
    (i) Name and address of the applicant;
    (ii) Model number(s) for the certified products;
    (iii) PTL Certification number;
    (iv) PTL Project number;
    (v) Name(s) of PTL staff involved with the project; and
    (vi) Location where the product evaluation and testing took place.
    3. Upon request, PTL must provide copies of the test data, 
certification report and other related information for new or revised 
certifications to OSHA.
    4. PTL must meet all the terms of their recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    5. PTL must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on PTL'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 PTL 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 18, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-06386 Filed 3-26-21; 8:45 am]