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    TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 14 (Monday, January 23, 2023)]
[Pages 4038-4039]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-01143]



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 
January 23, 2023.

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: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.


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 two recognized testing 
and certification sites 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 and is not a delegation or grant of government 
authority. As a result of recognition, employers may 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, 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 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 that

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 8, 2018 (OSHA-2007-
0042-0061), to expand recognition as a NRTL to include two additional 
test sites located at: 295 Foster Street, Suite 100, Littleton, 
Massachusetts 01460 (TUVRNA Littleton) and 710 Resende Road, Bldg. 199, 
Webster, New York 14580 (TUVRNA Webster). OSHA staff performed an on-
site review of TUVRNA's testing facilities at TUVRNA Littleton on July 
12, 2022, and at TUVRNA Webster on July 14, 2022, in which assessors 
found some nonconformities with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. 
TUVRNA addressed these issues sufficiently, and OSHA staff 
preliminarily determined that OSHA should grant the application.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing TUVRNA's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on December 9, 2022 (87 FR 75667). 
The agency requested comments by December 27, 2022, but it received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this 
notice to grant expansion of TUVRNA's scope of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the TUVAM expansion application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact 
the Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627). Docket No. 
OSHA-2007-0042 contains all materials in the record concerning TUVRNA's 

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined TUVRNA's expansion application, conducted a 
detailed on-site assessment, and examined other pertinent information. 
Based on review of this evidence, OSHA finds that TUVRNA meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of recognition, subject to 
the specified limited and conditions. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding 
with this final notice to grant TUVRNA's scope of recognition. OSHA 
limits the expansion of TUVRNA's recognition to include the sites at 
Littleton, Massachusetts and Webster, New York as listed above. OSHA's 
recognition of these two sites limits TUVRNA to performing product 
testing and certifications only to the test standards for which the 
site has the proper capability and programs, and for test standards in 
TUVRNA's scope of recognition. This limitation is consistent with the 
recognition that OSHA grants to other NRTLs that operate multiple 

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
TUVRNA also 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.

III. 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; Sept. 18, 2020), 
and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on January 17, 2023.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-01143 Filed 1-20-23; 8:45 am]