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    SGS North America, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 54 (Monday, March 21, 2022)]
[Pages 16031-16032]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-05885]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]

SGS North America, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the application of SGS North 
America, Inc., for expansion of recognition as a Nationally Recognized 
Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the agency's preliminary finding 
to grant the application.

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 April 5, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at: https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting 
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are 
listed in the https://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 at (202) 693-2350 (TTY 
(877) 889-5627) for assistance in locating docket submissions. Please 
note: While OSHA's docket office is continuing to accept and process 
submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket 
Office is closed to the public and not able to receive submissions to 
the rulemaking record by express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger 
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and OSHA 
docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2006-0040). OSHA 
places comments and other materials, including any personal 
information, in the public docket without revision, and these materials 
will be available online at https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, the 
agency cautions commenters about submitting statements they do not want 
made available to the public, or submitting comments that contain 
personal information (either about themselves or others) such as Social 
Security numbers, birth dates and medical data.
    Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of 
the comment period on or before April 5, 2022 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-3655, Washington, DC 20210, or by fax to (202) 693-

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; phone: (202) 693-2110 or email: 


I. Notice of the Application for Expansion

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is providing 
notice that SGS North America, Inc. (SGS) is applying for an expansion 
of its current recognition as a NRTL. SGS requests the addition of two 
test standards to its 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 applications by NRTLs or applicant 
organizations for initial recognition, as well as for expansion or 
renewal of 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. 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 SGS, which details that NRTL's scope of 
recognition. These pages are available from the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    SGS currently has nine facilities (sites) recognized by OSHA for 
product testing and certification, with the headquarters located at: 
SGS North America, Inc., 620 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, Georgia 
30024. A complete list of SGS's scope of recognition is available at 

II. General Background on the Application

    SGS submitted an application to OSHA to expand the scope of 
recognition as a NRTL to include six additional test standards on April 
19, 2018 (OSHA-2006-0040-0074). This application was amended on January 
19, 2022 (OSHA-2006-0040-0075), to remove four standards from the 
original application. 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.
    Table 1 lists the appropriate test standards found in SGS's 
application for expansion for testing and certification of products 
under the NRTL Program.

  Table 1--Proposed List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in
                     SGS's NRTL Scope of Recognition
            Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 991...............................  Tests for Safety-Related Controls
                                        Employing Solid-State Devices.
UL 2111..............................  Overheating Protection for

III. Preliminary Findings on the Application

    SGS submitted an acceptable application for expansion of the scope 
of recognition. OSHA's review of the application file and pertinent 
documentation preliminarily indicates that SGS can meet the 
requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition 
to include the addition of the two test standards listed in Table 1, 
above, for NRTL testing and certification. This preliminary finding 
does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of SGS's 
    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether SGS 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, at the above address. These materials also 
are available online at https://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
    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 SGS's application 
for expansion of the scope of recognition. The Assistant Secretary will 
make the final decision on granting the application. 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, Deputy 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 March 11, 2022.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2022-05885 Filed 3-18-22; 8:45 am]