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  • Publication Date:
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    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    86:27901-27903
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  • Title:
    SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 98 (Monday, May 24, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27901-27903]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-10868]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]


SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and 
Modification to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand 
the scope of recognition for SGS North America, Inc., as a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Additionally, OSHA announces the 
addition of five test standards to the NRTL Program's List of 
Appropriate Test Standards.

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
May 24, 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; telephone: 
(202) 693-2110; email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov. OSHA's web page includes 
information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of 
recognition of SGS of North America, Inc. (SGS), as a NRTL. SGS's 
expansion covers the addition of five test standards to the scope of 
recognition. Additionally, OSHA announces the addition of five test 
standards to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.
    OSHA recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements specified by 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 of the 
products.
    The agency processes applications by a NRTL for initial 
recognition, or for 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 and, 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 that details the scope of recognition. These pages are 
available from the agency's website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    SGS submitted an application to OSHA to expand recognition as a 
NRTL to include five additional test standards on May 16, 2019 (OSHA-
2006-0040-0058). 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 SGS's expansion 
application and proposed addition to the NRTL Program's List of 
Appropriate Test Standards in the Federal Register on April 7, 2021 (86 
FR 18073). The agency requested comments by April 22, 2021, but it 
received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding 
with this final notice to grant expansion of SGS's scope of 
recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
SGS's application, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Docket No. OSHA-
2006-0040 contains all materials in the record concerning SGS'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 SGS'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 SGS 
meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of the 
recognition, subject to the specified limitation and conditions listed. 
OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant 
expansion of SGS's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of 
SGS's scope of recognition to testing and certification of products for 
demonstration of conformance to the test standard listed in Table 1.

 Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in SGS's NRTL
                          Scope of Recognition
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         Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 62841-2-1 *................  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-1: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Drills and
                                 Impact Drills.
UL 62841-2-10 *...............  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-10: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Mixers.
UL 62841-2-21 *...............  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-21: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Drain
                                 Cleaners.
UL 62841-3-13 *...............  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 3-13: Particular
                                 Requirements for Transportable Drills.
UL 60745-2-23 *...............  Hand-Held Motor-Operated Electric Tools--
                                 Safety--Part 2-23: Particular
                                 Requirements for Die Grinders and Small
                                 Rotary Tools.
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* Represents standard OSHA is adding to the List of Appropriate Test
  Standards.

    In this notice, OSHA also announces the addition of five new test 
standards to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards. 
Table 2, below, lists the test standards that are new to the NRTL 
Program. OSHA has determined that these test standards are appropriate 
test standards and will include them in the NRTL Program's List of 
Appropriate Test Standards.

  Table 2--Test Standards OSHA Is Adding to the NRTL Program's List of
                       Appropriate Test Standards
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         Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 62841-2-1..................  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-1: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Drills and
                                 Impact Drills.
UL 62841-2-10.................  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-10: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Mixers.
UL 62841-2-21.................  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 2-21: Particular
                                 Requirements for Hand-Held Drain
                                 Cleaners.
UL 62841-3-13.................  Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools,
                                 Transportable Tools And Lawn And Garden
                                 Machinery--Part 3-13: Particular
                                 Requirements for Transportable Drills.
UL 60745-2-23.................  Hand-Held Motor-Operated Electric Tools--
                                 Safety--Part 2-23: Particular
                                 Requirements for Die Grinders and Small
                                 Rotary Tools.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
SGS must abide by the following conditions of the 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 the operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the 
change(s);
    2. SGS must meet all the terms of the 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 expands the 
scope of recognition of SGS, subject to the limitations and conditions 
specified above. OSHA also adds five new test standards to the NRTL 
Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.

III. Authority and Signature

    James S. Frederick, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 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 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on May 17, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-10868 Filed 5-21-21; 8:45 am]
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