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    CSA Group Testing & Certification, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 156 (Tuesday, August 15, 2023)]
[Pages 55480-55482]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-17426]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042]

CSA Group Testing & Certification, 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 CSA Group 
Testing & Certification, Inc., for expansion of the scope 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 August 30, 2023.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted as follows:
    Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments, 
electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
    OSHA will place comments, including personal information, in the 
public docket, which will be available online. Therefore, OSHA cautions 
interested parties about submitting personal information such as Social 
Security numbers and birthdates.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name and 
the docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042). All 
comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in 
the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about 
submitting information they do not want made available to the public, 
or submitting materials that contain personal information (either about 
themselves or

others), such as Social Security numbers and birthdates.
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket 
(including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the http://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.
    Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of 
the comment period on or before August 30, 2023 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-3653, Washington, DC 20210.

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) 693-2300 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.


I. Notice of the Application for Expansion

    OSHA is providing notice that CSA Group Testing & Certification, 
Inc. (CSA), is applying for an expansion of current recognition as a 
NRTL. CSA requests the addition of sixteen test sites 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 a NRTL for initial 
recognition, as well as for an 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 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 that NRTL's scope of recognition. These 
pages are available from the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    CSA currently has six facilities (sites) recognized by OSHA for 
product testing and certification, with the headquarters located at: 
CSA Group Testing & Certification, Inc., 178 Rexdale Boulevard, 
Etiobicoke, Ontario M9W 1R3. A complete list of CSA's scope of 
recognition is available at https://www.osha.gov/nationally-recognized-testing-laboratory-program/csa.

II. General Background on the Application

    CSA submitted an application, dated December 15, 2020 (OSHA-2006-
0042-0034), requesting the conversion of sixteen existing Satellite 
Notification Acceptance Program (SNAP) sites to recognized sites under 
the NRTL Policy for Transitioning to Satellite Notification and 
Acceptance Program Termination (SNAP Transition Policy) published in 
the Federal Register on November 24, 2020 (85 FR 75042), as amended by 
a June 22, 2022 Memorandum from James S. Frederick, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, to Regional 
Administrators and Executive Staff, titled ``Second Revision to the 
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Policy for 
Transitioning to Satellite Notification and Acceptance Program (SNAP) 
    Table 1, below, lists the sixteen sites that CSA's application 
requested for inclusion in the NRTL's expanded scope of recognition:

                  Table 1--List of Test Sites To Be Included in CSA's NRTL Scope of Recognition
             CSA site name                              Address                              Country
CSA Group Milan.......................  Palazzo Cassiopea, Via Paracelso N 22,   Italy.
                                         20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy.
CSA Group Dallas......................  2860 Guilder Drive, Plano, Texas 75074.  United States.
CSA Group Bangalore...................  Beary's Global Research Triangle, A-3,   India.
                                         Einstein Building, Bidarahalli Hobli,
                                         Whitefield Ashram Road (SH 35),
                                         Bangalore-560 067, India.
CSA Group Hawarden....................  Unit 6, Hawarden Industrial Park,        United Kingdom.
                                         Hawarden, CH5 3US, United Kingdom.
CSA Group Plattling...................  Straubinger Str. 100, 94447 Plattling,   Germany.
CSA Group Seoul.......................  494, Wiryesunhwan-ro, Songpa-gu Seoul,   Korea.
                                         Republic of Korea.
CSA Group Taoyuan.....................  No. 26, Fuxing 3rd Road, Guishan         Taiwan.
                                         District, Taoyuan City.
CSA Group Taipei......................  5F No. 12, Wenhu Street, Neihu           Taiwan.
                                         District, Taipei City 114, Taiwan.
CSA Group Tokyo.......................  5-40-6 Koishikawa Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-  Japan.
                                         0002, Japan.
CSA Group Shanghai....................  Floor 1, Building 4 Qilai Industrial     China.
                                         City, 889 Yishan Road, Shanghai, China
CSA Group Atlanta.....................  6215 Shiloh Crossing, Building 100,      United States.
                                         Suite A, Alpharetta, GA 30005.
CSA Group Taichung....................  2F.-5 No. 633, Sec. 2, Taiwan Blvd.,     Taiwan.
                                         Xitun District, Taichung City 407,
CSA Group Kunshan.....................  Floor 1, Building 8, Tsinghua Science    China.
                                         Park No. 1666, Zuchongzhi Road
                                         Kunshan, Jiangsu, China 215347.
CSA Group Arnhem......................  Utrechtseweg 310, 6812 AR Arnhem,        Netherlands.
CSA Group Guangzhou...................  No. 10, Ke Yan Road, Guangzhou Science   Guangzhou.
                                         Park, Huang Pu District, Guangzhou,
                                         China 510663.

CSA Group Frankfurt...................  Weismullerstr. 45, 60314 Frankfurt,      Germany.

    OSHA has preliminarily determined that it is appropriate to review 
this application under the SNAP Transition Policy. CSA's application 
was timely submitted under that policy, and OSHA preliminarily finds 
that the SNAP sites in CSA's application met all other preconditions of 
eligibility for conversion to recognized sites under the policy (See 
SNAP Termination Policy, part III 1.a-g, 85 FR at 75047). OSHA also 
preliminarily decided that it was not necessary to conduct on-site 
reviews in connection with CSA's expansion application, based on 
historical assessment records and supporting documentation submitted by 
CSA. Moreover, OSHA staff performed assessments of several CSA 
facilities included in the SNAP conversion application from June 2020 
to November 2022, and, while assessors found some nonconformances with 
the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7, CSA addressed these issues 
sufficiently. OSHA staff has preliminarily determined that OSHA should 
grant the application and grant recognition to the sixteen sites 
requested in the application.

III. Preliminary Finding on the Application

    CSA submitted an acceptable application for expansion of its scope 
of recognition. OSHA's review of the application files and pertinent 
documentation indicates that CSA can meet the requirements prescribed 
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition to include the addition 
of the sixteen additional test sites for NRTL testing and 
certification. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim 
or temporary approval of CSA's application.
    OSHA seeks public comment on this preliminary determination.

IV. Public Participation

    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether CSA meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of 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 by the due date for 
comments. OSHA will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester 
justifies a longer time period. OSHA may deny a request for an 
extension if it is not adequately justified.
    To review copies of the exhibit identified in this notice, as well 
as comments submitted to the docket, contact the Docket Office, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of 
Labor. These materials also are generally available online at https://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-2006-0042 (for further 
information, see the ``Docket'' heading in the section of this notice 
titled ADDRESSES).
    OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a 
timely manner. After addressing the issues raised by these comments, 
staff will make a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary of Labor 
for Occupational Safety and Health on whether to grant CSA'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.

V. 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 August 9, 2023.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-17426 Filed 8-14-23; 8:45 am]