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    SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 155 (Monday, August 16, 2021)]
[Pages 45765-45766]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-17437]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]

SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition

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 SGS 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 SGS of North America, Inc. (SGS), as a NRTL. SGS's 
expansion covers the addition of thirteen test standards to its scope 
of recognition.
    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, dated January 20, 2021 (OSHA-2006-
0040-0064), to expand its scope of recognition to include the addition 
of thirteen 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 SGS's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on June 15, 2021 (86 FR 31733). The 
agency requested comments by July 30, 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 applications, go to http://www.regulations.gov or contact the 
Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3653, 
Washington, DC 20210. 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 limitations 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 below in Table 

 Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in SGS's NRTL
                          Scope of Recognition
           Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 121201.........................  Nonincendive Electrical Equipment
                                     for Use in Class I and II, Division
                                     2 and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2
                                     Hazardous (Classified) Locations.
UL 60079-0........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 0:
                                     Equipment--General Requirements.
UL 60079-1........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 1:
                                     Equipment Protection by Flameproof
                                     Enclosures ``d''.
UL 60079-2........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 2:
                                     Protection by Pressurized
                                     Enclosures ``p''.
UL 60079-5........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 5:
                                     Equipment Protection by Powder
                                     Filling ``q''.
UL 60079-6........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 6:
                                     Equipment Protection by Oil
                                     Immersion ``o''.
UL 60079-7........................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 7:
                                     Equipment Protection by Increased
                                     Safety ``e''.
UL 60079-11.......................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 11:
                                     Equipment Protection by Intrinsic
                                     Safety ``i''.
UL 60079-15.......................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 15:
                                     Equipment Protection by Type of
                                     Protection ``n''.
UL 60079-18.......................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 18:
                                     Equipment Protection by
                                     Encapsulation ``m''.
UL 60079-26.......................  Explosive Atmospheres--Part 26:
                                     Equipment for Use in Class I, Zone
                                     0 Hazardous (Classified) Locations.
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''.

    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. 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 
    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 limitation and conditions 
specified above.

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 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. 2021-17437 Filed 8-13-21; 8:45 am]