[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 14 (Monday, January 23, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-01143]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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.
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;
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: email@example.com.
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
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]
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