[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 180 (Tuesday, September 19, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-20162]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0048]
NSF International: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand
the scope of recognition for NSF International as a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on
September 19, 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) 693-2300 or email: email@example.com.
I. Notice of Final Decision
OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of
recognition of NSF International (NSF), as a NRTL. NSF's expansion
covers the addition of one test site 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. 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 NSF, 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.
NSF submitted an application, dated July 21, 2020 (OSHA-2006-0048-
0016), to expand recognition as a NRTL to include one additional test
site located at: 251 Airport Industrial Drive,
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198 (NSF Ypsilanti). OSHA staff performed an on-
site review of NSF's testing facilities at NSF Ypsilanti on May 3-4,
2023, in which assessors found some nonconformances with the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. NSF has addressed these issues
sufficiently, and OSHA staff preliminarily determined that OSHA should
grant the application.
OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing NSF's expansion
application in the Federal Register on August 16, 2023 (88 FR 55737).
The agency requested comments by August 31, 2023, but it received no
comments in response to the notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this
notice to grant expansion of NSF's scope of recognition.
To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to
the NSF expansion application, go to www.regulations/gov or contact the
Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627. Docket No. OSHA-
2006-0048 contains all materials in the record containing NSF's
II. Final Decision and Order
OSHA staff examined NSF's expansion application, conducted a
detailed on-site assessment, and examined other pertinent information.
Based on review of this evidence, OSHA finds that NSF meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of recognition, subject to
the specified limitations and conditions. OSHA, therefore, is
proceeding with this final notice to grant NSF's scope of recognition.
OSHA limits the expansion of NSF's recognition to include the site at
Ypsilanti, Michigan as listed above. OSHA's recognition of the site
limits NSF 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 NSF's scope of recognition. This
limitation is consistent with the recognition that OSHA grants to other
NRTLs that operate multiple sites.
In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7,
NSF also must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
1. NSF 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. NSF must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
3. NSF must continue to meet the requirements for recognition,
including all previously published conditions on NSF's scope of
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.
OSHA hereby expands the NRTL scope of recognition for NSF to
include one additional test site.
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.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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