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    TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 155 (Monday, August 16, 2021)]
[Pages 45753-45755]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-17432]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042]

TUV Rheinland of North America, 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 TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., as a 
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
August 16, 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).


I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of 
recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA), as a 
NRTL. TUVRNA's expansion covers the addition of eleven 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 certification.
    The agency processes applications by a NRTL for initial recognition 
and for an 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 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 TUVRNA, 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.
    TUVRNA submitted an application, dated February 6, 2019 (OSHA-2007- 
0042-0050), to expand their recognition to include the addition of nine 
test standards. TUVRNA submitted a second application, dated September 
27, 2019 (OSHA-2007-0042-0051), to expand their recognition to include 
the addition of five test standards. The first application was amended 
on May 3, 2021, to remove three standards from the original expansion 
request for nine standards. The expansion applications would add a 
total of eleven test standards to TUVRNA's NRTL recognition. OSHA staff 
performed a detailed analysis of the application packets and reviewed 
other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform any on-site reviews 
in relation to these applications.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing TUVRNA's expansion 
applications in the Federal Register on June 15, 2021 (86 FR 31713). 
The agency requested comments by June 30, 2021, but it received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this 
final notice to grant expansion of TUVRNA's scope of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
TUVRNA's applications, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department 
of Labor. Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042 contains all materials in the 
record concerning TUVRNA'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 TUVRNA's expansion applications, their 
capability to meet the requirements of the test standards, and other 
pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds 
that TUVRNA meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of 
its recognition, subject to the limitations and conditions listed 
below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant 
TUVRNA's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of TUVRNA's 
recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration 
of conformance to the test standards listed in Table 1 below.

  Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in TUVRNA's
                        NRTL Scope of Recognition
           Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 60745-2-3......................  Particular Requirements for
                                     Grinders, Polishers and Disk-Type
UL 60745-2-13.....................  Particular Requirements for Chain
UL 60745-2-15.....................  Particular Requirements for Hedge
UL 2594...........................  Standard for Electric Vehicle Supply
UL 61800-5-1......................  Adjustable Speed Electrical Power
                                     Drive Systems--Part 5-1: Safety
                                     Requirements--Electrical, Thermal
                                     and Energy.
UL 3703...........................  Standard for Solar Trackers.
UL 943B...........................  Appliance Leakage--Current
UL 962A...........................  Standard for Furniture Power
                                     Distribution Units.
UL 1059...........................  Standard for Terminal Blocks.
UL 1449...........................  Standard for Surge Protective
UL 60730-2-9......................  Standard for Automatic Electrical
                                     Controls--Part 2-9: Particular
                                     Requirements for Temperatures
                                     Sensing Controls.

    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 standard listed above as an American National Standard. 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, 
TUVRNA must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. TUVRNA 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. TUVRNA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply 
with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

    3. TUVRNA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on TUVRNA'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 TUVRNA, subject to the limitations and 
conditions specified above.

III. 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 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393, September 18, 2020) 
and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on August 6, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-17432 Filed 8-13-21; 8:45 am]