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• Publication Date: 11/10/1998
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 63:63083-63084
• Standard Number: 1910.7; 1910.7(c)
• Title: Electro-Test, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-2-94]

Electro-Test, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the application of Electro-Test, Inc., for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of this application.

DATES: Comments submitted by interested parties must be received no later than January 11, 1999.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program at the above address, or phone (202) 219-7056.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Application

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice that Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI) has applied for expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). ETI's expansion request covers the use of an additional test standard. OSHA recognizes an organization as an NRTL, and processes applications related to such recognitions, following requirements in Sec. 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Appendix A to this section requires that OSHA publish this public notice of the preliminary finding on an application.

ETI's previous application as an NRTL covered its initial recognition (60 FR 30495, June 9, 1995, which OSHA granted on October 6, 1995 (60 FR 52417).

The current addresses of the ETI testing facilities already recognized by OSHA are:

* Electro-Test, Inc., 1320 El Capitan Drive, 4th Floor, Danville, California 94526

Electro-Test, Inc., 3150-B E. Birch Street, Brea, California 92821

* Due to city boundary lines, this site is partially located in San Ramon, California.

General Background on the Application

ETI has submitted a request, dated September 2, 1998 (see Exhibit 11), to expand its recognition as an NRTL for one additional test standard. ETI seeks recognition for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following test standard, and OSHA has determined it is appropriate, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7(c): ANSI/UL 508C Power Conversion Equipment. The designation and title of this test standard were current at the time of the preparation of this notice. OSHA recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is limited to products for which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification before use in the workplace.

Preliminary Finding on the Application

ETI has submitted an acceptable request for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL. In connection with this request, OSHA did not perform an on-site review of ETI's NRTL testing facilities. However, NRTL Program audit staff reviewed information pertinent to the request, and in a memo dated September 9, 1998 (see Exhibit 12), recommended that ETI's recognition be expanded to include the additional test standard listed above.

Following a review of the application file, the auditor's recommendation, and other pertinent documents, the NRTL Program staff has concluded that OSHA can grant, to the Electro-Test, Inc. facilities listed above, the expansion of recognition to use the additional test standard. The staff therefore recommended to the Assistant Secretary that the application be preliminarily approved.

Based upon the recommendation of the staff, the Assistant Secretary has made a preliminary finding that the Electro-Test Inc. facilities listed above can meet the recognition requirements, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7, for the expansion of recognition. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application.

OSHA welcomes public comments, in sufficient detail, as to whether ETI has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Your comment must consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits. To consider it, OSHA must receive the comment at the address provided above (see ADDRESSES), no later than the last date for comments (see DATES above). You may obtain or review copies of ETI's request, the recommendation on the expansion, and all submitted comments, as received, by contacting the Docket Office, Room N2625, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, at the above address. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-2-94, the permanent record of public information on ETI's recognition.

The NRTL Program staff will review all timely comments, and after resolution of issues raised by these comments, will recommend whether to grant ETI's expansion request. The Assistant Secretary will make the final decision on granting the expansion, and in making this decision, may undertake other proceedings that are prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.

Signed at Washington, DC, this 28th day of October, 1998.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 98-30116 Filed 11-9-98; 8:45 am]

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