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• Publication Date: 04/17/1998
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 63:19275-19276
• Standard Number: 1910.7
• Title: Entela, Inc., Request for Expansion of Recognition

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. NRTL-2-93]

Entela, Inc., Request for Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of request for expansion of recognition as a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL), and preliminary finding.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the application of Entela, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a NRTL under 29 CFR 1910.7, for test standards, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding.

DATES: The last date for interested parties to submit comments is June 16, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Send comments concerning this notice to: NRTL Program, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N3653 Washington, D.C. 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, NRTL Recognition Program at the above address, or phone (202) 219-7056.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Application

Notice is hereby given that Entela, Inc. (ENT) has applied to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.7, for an expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). ENT requests recognition for additional test standards. ENT's previous application pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.7 was for an expansion of its recognition (62 FR 8041, 2/21/ 97), which OSHA granted on May 22, 1997 (62 FR 28066).

The address of the ENT laboratories covered by this application are:

Entela, Inc., 3033 Madison, S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548

Entela Taiwan Laboratories, 3F No. 260 262 Wen, Lin North Road, Pei Tou, Taipei, Taiwan

Background

This Federal Register notice announces ENT's request for expansion of recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory for additional test standards, dated September 29, 1997 (see Exhibit 11). In a recommendation dated February 17, 1998, staff for the NRTL Program recommended that ENT's recognition be expanded to include the additional test standards. The recommendation also incorporated the limitations on the recognition of the Taipei, Taiwan facilities and personnel, when applicable to the testing and evaluation of products under the test standards listed below. These limitations are repeated herein.

In its request for expansion, ENT included a specific reference to an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for many of the test standards listed below. Each specific reference is apparently intended to show the IEC standard equivalent to the U.S. national test standard requested. While there may be some equivalence, this expansion of recognition does not apply to or cover any of the IEC standards referenced in ENT's current request for expansion. This clarification is provided since it may not be readily apparent to some reviewers of the public record concerning this notice.

ENT requests recognition for the following standards when applicable to equipment or materials that will be used in environments under OSHA's jurisdiction. ENT desires recognition for testing and certification of products tested for compliance with these test standards, which are appropriate within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c):

  • ANSI/UL 130 Electric Heating Pads

  • ANSI/UL 858 Household Electric Ranges

  • ANSI/UL 969 Marking and Labeling Systems

  • ANSI/UL 1431 Personal Hygiene and Health Care Appliances

  • ANSI/UL 2157 Electric Clothes Washing Machines and Extractors

  • UL 2601-1 Medical Electrical Equipment, Part 1: General Requirements for Safety

  • UL 6500 Audio/Video and Musical Instrument Apparatus for Household, Commercial, and Similar General Use

  • UL 8730-1 Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 1: General Requirements

  • UL 8730-2-3 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Thermal Motor Protectors for Ballasts for Tubular Fluorescent Lamps

  • UL 8730-2-4 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Thermal Motor Protectors for Motor Compressors or Hermetic and Semi-Hermetic Type

  • UL 8730-2-8 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Electrically Operated Water Valves

Limitation

The following limitations apply to the recognition of the Taiwan facility:
a. The Taiwan facility shall be limited to carrying out minor mechanical and electrical testing of instruments and small appliances.
b. Performance of inspections shall be limited to Entela personnel.

Preliminary Finding

Based upon a review of the complete application, and the recommendations of the staff, including the recommendation dated February 17, 1998, the Assistant Secretary has made a preliminary finding that Entela, Inc. can meet the requirements as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for the expansion of its recognition to include the eleven (11) test standards previously listed.

All interested members of the public are invited to supply detailed reasons and evidence supporting or challenging the sufficiency of the applicant's having met the requirements for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, as required by 29 CFR 1910.7 and Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. Submission of pertinent written documents and exhibits shall be made no later than the last date for comments (see "DATES" above), and submitted to the address provided above (see "ADDRESS"). Copies of the ENT application letters and supporting documentation, the recommendation on the programs and procedures, and all submitted comments, as received, are available for inspection and duplication (under Docket No. NRTL-2-93) at the Docket Office, Room N2634, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address.

The Assistant Secretary's final decision on whether the applicant (Entela, Inc.) satisfies the requirements for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL will be made on the basis of the entire record including the public submissions and any further proceedings that the Assistant Secretary may consider to be appropriate in accordance with Appendix A to Section 1910.7.

Signed at Washington, DC this 13th day of April, 1998.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 98-10219 Filed 4-16-98; 8:45 am]

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