Oct. 20, 2008
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that a proposed Request for Information (RFI) related to its Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program will be published in the Federal Register on Oct. 20, 2008. A copy of the proposed RFI currently is available on OSHA's Web site. The public comment period on the RFI will begin only after it has been formally published and will close on Jan. 20, 2009.
The RFI requests comment on a proposal submitted to the United States by the European Commission (EC) to permit the use of a Supplier's Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) as an alternative to OSHA's NRTL product-approval process for certain electrical and other products used in the workplace. The EC made its proposal through the Transatlantic Economic Council, which was established by an agreement between the U.S. and the EU signed in April 2007.
"This RFI will allow all stakeholders the opportunity to provide evidence to help OSHA better evaluate the EU's SDoC system and determine whether or not an SDoC system meets the safety requirements for the Occupational Safety and Health Act," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
NRTLs are independent laboratories that have met OSHA's requirements for performing safety testing and certification of electrical and other products used in the workplace. NRTLs test and certify these products to determine whether they conform to appropriate U.S. product-safety testing standards. In contrast, an SDoC is a written statement, produced by an equipment manufacturer or supplier, that a product meets or conforms to a specified test standard or a set of requirements.
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