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    CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 89 (Tuesday, May 11, 2021)]
[Pages 25891-25892]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-09950]

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042]

CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc.: Grant of Expansion of 

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 CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. for 
expansion of recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory 

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
May 11, 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 by phone (202) 693-1999 or 
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 by 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 of CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. (CSA) as a NRTL. 
CSA's expansion covers the addition of four test standards to the NRTL 
scope of recognition.
    OSHA 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 its 
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 an application by a NRTL for initial 
recognition and for an expansion or renewal of this recognition, 
following requirements in Appendix A, 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. 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 CSA, 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.
    CSA submitted an application, dated July 17, 2019 (OSHA-2006-0042-
0018), to expand their recognition to include four 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 CSA's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on February 23, 2021 (86 FR 11004). 
The agency requested comments by March 10, 2021, but it received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this 
final notice to grant expansion of CSA's scope of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the CSA's application, go to http://www.regulations.gov or contact the 
Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Docket 
No. OSHA-2006-0042 contains all materials in the record concerning 
CSA's 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 staff examined CSA's expansion application, its capability to 
meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent 
information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that CSA 
meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its 
recognition, subject to the limitations and conditions listed in this 
notice. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant 
CSA's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of CSA's 
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 CSA's NRTL
                          Scope of Recognition
             Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 2271................................  Standard for Batteries for Use
                                          in Light Electric Vehicle
                                          (LEV) Applications.
UL 9540................................  Standard for Energy Storage
                                          Systems and Equipment.
UL 2054................................  Standard for Household and
                                          Commercial Batteries.
UL 1973................................  Standard for Batteries for Use
                                          in Stationary, Vehicle
                                          Auxiliary Power and Light
                                          Electric Rail (LER)

    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, we 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, 
CSA must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. CSA must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any 
change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major 
change in its operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. CSA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. CSA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on CSA's scope of 
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

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    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the 
scope of recognition of CSA as a NRTL, subject to the limitations and 
conditions specified above.

III. Authority and Signature

    James S. Frederick, 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 Section 29 
U.S.C. 655(6)(d), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393; 
Sept. 18, 2020), and 29 CFR 1905.11.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 8, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
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