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    CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 155 (Monday, August 16, 2021)]
[Pages 45761-45762]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-17433]



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., 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 
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; telephone 
(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 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 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 adding 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.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing CSA's expansion 
applications in the Federal Register on June 24, 2021 (86 FR 33326). 
The agency requested comments by June 9, 2021, but it received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this 
final grant of expansion of CSA's NRTL 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, U.S. 
Department of Labor. 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 expanded 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 2108...........................  Low-Voltage Lighting Systems.
UL 4703...........................  Standard for Photovoltaic Wire.
UL 2594...........................  Standard for Electric Vehicle Supply
UL 60730-2-8......................  Automatic Electrical Controls for
                                     Household and Similar Use Part 2:
                                     Particular Requirements for
                                     Electrically Operated Water Valves,
                                     Including Mechanical Requirements.
UL 60079-28.......................  Standard for Explosive Atmospheres--
                                     Part 28: Protection of Equipment
                                     and Transmission Systems Using
                                     Optical Radiation.
UL 60079-31.......................  Standard for Explosive Atmospheres--
                                     Part 31: Equipment Dust Ignition
                                     Protection Enclosure ``t''.
NFPA 496..........................  Purged and Pressurized Enclosures
                                     for Electrical Equipment.

    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

    Recognition is contingent on continued compliance with 29 CFR 
1910.7, including, but not limited to, abiding 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.
    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, 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 August 6, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-17433 Filed 8-13-21; 8:45 am]