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    CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 119 (Thursday, June 24, 2021)]
[Pages 33372-33373]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-13269]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042]

CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc.: Application for Expansion 
of Recognition

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the applications of CSA Group 
Testing & Certification Inc. for expansion of recognition as a 
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the 
agency's preliminary finding to grant the applications.

DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this 
notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on 
or before July 9, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted as follows:
    Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments, 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are 
listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some 
information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to 
read or download through the website. All submissions, including 
copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA 
Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for assistance in 
locating docket submissions.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the 
OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2006-0042). 
OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, including personal 
information, in the public docket, which may be available online. 
Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal 
information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates. For further 
information on submitting comments, see the ``Public Participation'' 
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of 
the comment period on or before July 9, 2021 to the Office of Technical 
Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support 
and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Room N-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or by fax to (202) 693-1644.

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 the Application for Expansion

    OSHA is providing notice that CSA Group Testing & Certification 
Inc. (CSA) is applying for expansion of their current recognition as an 
NRTL. CSA requests the addition of seven 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 the 
scope of recognition. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the 
type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by the 
applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have 
the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-
certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope. 
Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority; 
however, recognition enables employers to use products approved by the 
NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require product testing and 
    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 currently has six facilities (sites) recognized by OSHA for 
product testing and certification. The headquarters location is 
Canadian Standards Association, 178 Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke, 
Ontario, M9W 1R3, Canada. A complete list of CSA's scope of recognition 
is available at https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/csa.html.

II. General Background on the Application

    CSA submitted two applications on July 17, 2019 (OSHA-2006-0042-
0023) and (OSHA-2006-0042-0024), to expand their recognition to include 
fifteen additional test standards. The first application was amended on 
February 17, 2021, because eight of the standards requested in the 
application are already in CSA's NRTL scope of recognition. This 
expansion will cover seven test standards that OSHA is proposing to add 
to CSA's recognition. OSHA staff performed detailed analysis of the 
application packets and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did 
not perform any on-site reviews in relation to these applications.
    Table 1 below lists the appropriate test standards found in CSA's 
applications for expansion for testing and certification of products 
under the NRTL Program.

  Table 1--Proposed List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in
                     CSA's NRTL Scope of Recognition
                   Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 2108...........................................  Low-Voltage Lighting
UL 4703...........................................  Standard for
                                                     Photovoltaic Wire.
UL 2594...........................................  Standard for
                                                     Electric Vehicle
                                                     Supply Equipment.
UL 60730-2-8......................................  Automatic Electrical
                                                     Controls for
                                                     Household and
                                                     Similar Use Part 2:
                                                     Requirements for
                                                     Operated Water
                                                     Valves, Including
UL 60079-28.......................................  Standard for
                                                     28: Protection of
                                                     Equipment and
                                                     Systems Using
                                                     Optical Radiation.
UL 60079-31.......................................  Standard for
                                                     31: Equipment Dust
                                                     Ignition Protection
                                                     Enclosure ``t''.
NFPA 496..........................................  Purged and
                                                     Enclosures for

III. Preliminary Findings on the Application

    CSA submitted acceptable applications for expansion of the scope of 
recognition. OSHA's review of the application files and pertinent 
documentation indicates that CSA can meet the requirements prescribed 
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding their recognition to include the 
addition of the seven test standards for NRTL testing and certification 
listed above. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim 
or temporary approval of CSA's applications.
    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether CSA meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of the recognition as a 
NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and 
exhibits. Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request 
in writing, stating the reasons for the request. Commenters must submit 
the written request for an extension by the due date for comments. OSHA 
will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester justifies a 
longer period. OSHA may deny a request for an extension if the request 
is not adequately justified. To obtain or review copies of the exhibits 
identified in this notice, as well as comments submitted to the docket, 
contact the Docket Office. These materials also are available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042.
    OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a 
timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these 
comments, will make a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for 
Occupational Safety and Health as to whether to grant CSA's 
applications for expansion of the scope of recognition. The Assistant 
Secretary will make the final decision on granting the applications. In 
making this decision, the Assistant Secretary may undertake other 
proceedings prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7.
    OSHA will publish a public notice of the final decision in the 
Federal Register.

IV. Authority and Signature

    James S. Frederick, Acting 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. 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 June 11, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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