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• Publication Date: 06/24/1999
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 64:33913-33916
• Standard Number: 1910.7; 1910.7 App A; 1910 Subpart S; 1910.302
• Title: Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Expansion of Recognition.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-4-93]

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agency's final decision on the application of Underwriters Laboratory Inc. (UL), for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This recognition becomes effective on June 24, 1999 and, unless modified in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7, continues in effect while UL remains recognized by OSHA as an NRTL.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, 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, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Final Decision

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice of the expansion of recognition of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). UL's expansion covers the use of additional test standards. OSHA recognizes an organization as an NRTL and processes applications related to such recognitions following requirements in Section 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 its final decision on an application.

UL submitted a request, dated February 5, 1996 (see Exhibit 13A), to expand its recognition to use additional test standards. UL then supplemented its request on April 1, 1997 (see Exhibit 13B), for additional test standards. OSHA published the required notice in the Federal Register (62 FR 62359, 11/21/97). The notice included a preliminary finding that UL could meet the requirements for expansion of its recognition, and OSHA invited public comment on the application by January 20, 1998. One comment was received, within the time provided, in response to the notice (see Exhibit 15-1). UL responded to this comment in its letter dated December 22, 1998 (see Exhibit 16).

The submitter of the comment expressed five "concerns," and posed a number of questions related to them. Most of the concerns relate to an alleged deficiency in the UL 2161 (Neon Transformers and Power Supplies) test standard. The NRTL Program staff has carefully considered these concerns but has concluded that the comment provides no basis for withholding approval of this test standard for UL or for any other NRTL that has the necessary capabilities.

UL's previous application as an NRTL covered its renewal of recognition (60 FR 16171, 3/29/95), which OSHA granted on 6/29/95 (60 FR 33852).

You may obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the application by contacting the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N2625, Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693- 2350. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-4-93, the permanent record of public information on the UL recognition.

The current addresses of the testing facilities (sites) that OSHA recognizes for UL are:

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 1285 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, Long Island, New York 11747

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 1655 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95050

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 12 Laboratory Drive, P.O. Box 13995, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 2600 NW Lake Road, Camas, Washington 98607 UL International Limited, Veristrong Industrial Centre, Block B, 14th Floor, 34 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

UL International Services, Ltd., Taiwan Branch, 4th Floor, 260 Da-Yeh Road, Pei Tou District, Taipei, Taiwan

Final Decision and Order

The NRTL Program staff has examined the application and other pertinent information, and the assessment staff recommended, in a memo dated August 19, 1997 (see Exhibit 14), expansion of UL's recognition to include the additional test standards. Based upon this examination and recommendation, OSHA finds that UL has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition to use an additional 174 test standards, subject to the limitations and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of UL, subject to these limitations and conditions. As is the case for any NRTL, UL's recognition is further limited to equipment or materials (products) for which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification before use in the workplace.

Limitations

OSHA hereby expands the recognition of UL for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following 174 standards. OSHA has determined that each standard meets the requirements for an appropriate test standard prescribed in 29 CFR 1910.7(c).

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.013  AC High-Voltage Generator Circuit Breakers Rated on a Symmetrical Current Basis

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.13  Low Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.14  Low Voltage DC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures

(1) ANSI C37.17  Trip Devices for AC and General Purpose DC Low-Voltage Power Circuit Breakers

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.18  Enclosed Field Discharge Circuit Breakers for Rotating Electric Machinery

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.20.1  Metal-Enclosed Low-Voltage Power Circuit Breaker Switchgear

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.20.2  Metal-Clad and Station-Type Cubicle Switchgear

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.20.3  Metal-Enclosed Interrupter Switchgear

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.21  Control Switchboards

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.29  Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Protectors Used in Enclosures

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.38  Gas-Insulated, Metal-Enclosed Disconnecting, Interrupter and Grounding Switches

(1) ANSI C37.42  Distribution Cutouts and Fuse Links

(1) ANSI C37.44  Distribution Oil Cutouts and Fuse Links

(1) ANSI C37.45  Distribution Enclosed Single-Pole Air Switches

(1) ANSI C37.46  Power Fuses and Fuse Disconnecting Switches

(1) ANSI C37.47  Distribution Fuse Disconnecting Switches, Fuse Supports, and Current-Limiting Fuses

(1) ANSI C37.50  Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures -- Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.51  Metal-Enclosed Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit-Breaker Switchgear Assemblies -- Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.52  Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Protectors Used in Enclosures -- Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.53.1  High-Voltage Current Motor-Starter Fuses -- Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.54  Indoor Alternating-Current High Voltage Circuit Breakers Applied as Removable Elements in Metal-Enclosed Switchgear Assemblies-Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.55  Metal-Clad Switchgear Assemblies -- Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI C37.57  Metal-Enclosed Interrupter Switchgear Assemblies -- Conformance Testing

(1) ANSI C37.58  Indoor AC Medium-Voltage Switches for Use in Metal-Enclosed Switchgear -- Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.60  Overhead, Pad-Mounted, Dry-Vault, and Submersible Automatic Circuit Reclosers and Fault Interrupters for AC Systems

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.66  Oil-Filled Capacitor Switches for Alternating-Current Systems -- Requirements

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.71  Three Phase, Manually Operated Subsurface Load Interrupting Switches for Alternating-Current Systems

(1) ANSI C37.72  Manually-Operated Dead-Front, Pad-Mounted Switchgear with Load-Interrupting Switches and Separable Connectors for Alternating-Current System

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.90  Relays and Relay Systems Associated with Electric Power Apparatus

(1) ANSI C37.121  Unit Substations -- Requirements

(1) ANSI/IEEE C37.122  Gas-Insulated Substations

(1) ANSI/IEEE C57.12.00  Distribution, Power and Regulating Transformers -- General Requirements

(1) ANSI C57.12.13  Liquid-Filled Transformers Used in Unit Installations including Unit Substations -- Conformance Requirements

(1) ANSI C57.12.20  Overhead-Type Distribution Transformers, 500 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.21  Pad-Mounted Compartmental-Type Self-Cooled Single-Phase Distribution Transformers with High Voltage Bushings; 167 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.22  Pad-Mounted Compartmental-Type, Self-Cooled, Three-Phase Distribution Transformers with High Voltage Bushings; 2500 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.23  Underground-Type Self-Cooled, Single-Phase Distribution Transformers with Separable Insulated High-Voltage Connectors; 167 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.24  Underground-Type Three-Phase Distribution Transformers, 2500 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.25  Pad-Mounted Compartmental-Type Self-Cooled Single-Phase Distribution Transformers with Separable Insulated High-Voltage Connectors; 167 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.26  Pad-Mounted Compartmental-Type, Self-Cooled, Three-Phase Distribution Transformers for use with Separable Insulated High-Voltage Connectors; 2500 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.27  Liquid-Filled Distribution Transformers Used in Pad-Mounted Installations, Including Unit Substations -- Conformance Requirements

(1) ANSI C57.12.28  Switchgear and Transformers -- Pad-Mounted Equipment -- Enclosure Integrity

(1) ANSI C57.12.40  Three Phase Secondary Network Transformers, Subway and Vault Types (Liquid Immersed); 2500 kVA and Smaller

(1) ANSI C57.12.50  Ventilated Dry-Type Distribution Transformers, 1 to 500 kVA, Single-Phase; and 15 to 500 kVA, Three Phase

(1) ANSI C57.12.51  Ventilated Dry-Type Power Transformers 501 kVA and Larger, Three-Phase

(1) ANSI C57.12.52  Sealed Dry-Type Power Transformers, 501 kVA and Larger, Three-Phase

(1) ANSI C57.12.55  Dry-Type Transformers in Unit Installations, Including Unit Substations -- Conformance Requirements

(1) ANSI C57.12.57  Ventilated Dry-Type Network Transformers 2500 kVA and Below, Three-Phase

(1) ANSI/IEEE C57.13  Instrument Transformers -- Requirements

(1) ANSI/IEEE C57.13.2  Instrument Transformers -- Conformance Test Procedures

(1) ANSI/IEEE C57.15  Step-Voltage and Induction-Voltage Regulators

(1) ANSI/IEEE C57.21  Shunt Reactors Over 500 kVA

(1) ANSI/IEEE C62.1  Gapped Silicon-Carbide Surge Arresters for AC Power Circuits

(1) ANSI/IEEE C62.11  Metal Oxide Surge Arresters for AC Power Circuits

ANSI K61.1  Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia (CGA G-2.1)

ANSI/NEMA 250  Enclosures for Electrical Equipment

ANSI Z21.24  Metal Connectors for Gas Appliances

ANSI Z21.50  Vented Decorative Gas Appliances

ANSI Z21.57  Recreational Vehicle Cooking Gas Appliances

ANSI Z21.60  Decorative Gas Appliances for Installation in Vented Fireplaces

ANSI Z21.70  Earthquake Actuated Automatic Gas Shutoff Systems

ANSI Z83.7  Gas-Fired Construction Heater

UL 5A  Nonmetallic Surface Raceways and Fittings

UL 5B  Strut-Type Channel Raceways and Fittings

UL 201  Standard for Garage Equipment

UL 218 Fire Pump Controllers

ANSI/UL 231  Electrical Power Outlets

ANSI/UL 234  Low Voltage Lighting Fixtures for Use in Recreational Vehicles

ANSI/UL 248-1  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 1: General Requirements

UL 248-2  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 2: Class C Fuses

UL 248-3  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 3: Class CA and CB Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-4  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 4: Class CC Fuses

UL 248-5  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 5: Class G Fuses

UL 248-6  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 6: Class H Non-Renewable Fuses

UL 248-7  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 7: Class H Renewable Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-8  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 8: Class J Fuses

UL 248-9  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 9: Class K Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-10  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 10: Class L Fuses

UL 248-11  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 11: Plug Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-12  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 12: Class R Fuses

UL 248-13  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 13: Semiconductor Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-14  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 14: Supplemental Fuses

ANSI/UL 248-15  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 15: Class T Fuses

UL 248-16  Low-Voltage Fuses -- Part 16: Test Limiters

ANSI/UL 252A  Compressed Gas Regulator Accessories

UL 300  Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Restaurant Cooking Areas

UL 307B  Gas Burning Heating Appliances for Manufactured Homes and Recreational Vehicles

ANSI/UL 391  Solid-Fuel and Combination-Fuel Control and Supplementary Furnaces

UL 508C  Power Conversion Equipment

ANSI/UL 583  Electric-Battery-Powered Industrial Trucks

ANSI/UL 588  Christmas-Tree and Decorative-Lighting Outfits

UL 635  Insulating Bushings

ANSI/UL 668  Hose Valves For Fire Protection Service

ANSI/UL 745-1  Portable Electric Tools

ANSI/UL 745-2-1  Particular Requirements of Drills

ANSI/UL 745-2-2  Particular Requirements for Screwdrivers and Impact Wrenches

ANSI/UL 745-2-3  Particular Requirements for Grinders, Polishers, and Disk-Type Sanders

ANSI/UL 745-2-4  Particular Requirements for Sanders

ANSI/UL 745-2-5  Particular Requirements for Circular Saws and Circular Knives

ANSI/UL 745-2-6  Particular Requirements for Hammers

ANSI/UL 745-2-8  Particular Requirements for Shears and Nibblers

ANSI/UL 745-2-9  Particular Requirements for Tappers

ANSI/UL 745-2-11  Particular Requirements for Reciprocating Saws

ANSI/UL 745-2-12  Particular Requirements for Concrete Vibrators

ANSI/UL 745-2-14  Particular Requirements for Planers

ANSI/UL 745-2-17  Particular Requirements for Routers and Trimmers

ANSI/UL 745-2-30  Particular Requirements for Staplers

ANSI/UL 745-2-31  Particular Requirements for Diamond Core Drills

ANSI/UL 745-2-32  Particular Requirements for Magnetic Drill Presses

ANSI/UL 745-2-33  Particular Requirements for Portable Bandsaws

ANSI/UL 745-2-34  Particular Requirements for Strapping Tools

ANSI/UL 745-2-35  Particular Requirements for Drain Cleaners

ANSI/UL 745-2-36  Particular Requirements for Hand Motor Tools

ANSI/UL 745-2-37  Particular Requirements for Plate Jointers

UL 791  Residential Incinerators

UL 962  Household and Commercial Furnishings

ANSI/UL 985  Household Fire Warning System Units

ANSI/UL 1023  Household Burglar-Alarm System Units

UL 1075  Gas Fired Cooling Appliances for Recreational Vehicles

ANSI/UL 1247  Diesel Engines for Driving Centrifugal Fire Pumps

UL 1248  Engine-Generator Assemblies for Use in Recreational Vehicles

UL 1363  Temporary Power Taps

ANSI/UL 1419  Professional Video and Audio Equipment

ANSI/UL 1431  Personal Hygiene and Health Care Appliances

ANSI/UL 1468  Direct-Acting Pressure-Reducing and Pressure-Control Valves for Fire Protection Service

UL 1472  Solid-State Dimming Controls

ANSI/UL 1478  Fire Pump Relief Valves

ANSI/UL 1581  Reference Standard for Electrical Wires, Cables, and Flexible Cords

ANSI/UL 1637  Home Health Care Signaling Equipment

UL 1651  Optical Fiber Cable

UL 1682  Plugs, Receptacles, and Cable Connectors, of the Pin and Sleeve Type

UL 1684  Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit

UL 1690  Data-Processing Cable

ANSI/UL 1692  Polymeric Materials -- Coil Forms

UL 1693  Electric Radiant Heating Panels and Heating Panel Sets

UL 1694  Tests for Flammability of Small Polymeric Component

UL 1730  Smoke Detector Monitors and Accessories for Individual Living Units of Multifamily Residences and Hotel/Motel Rooms

ANSI/UL 1740  Industrial Robots and Robotic Equipment

UL 1821  Thermoplastic Sprinkler Pipe and Fittings for Fire Protection

UL 1838  Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Systems

UL 1889  Commercial Filters for Cooking Oil

UL 1951  Electric Plumbing Accessories

ANSI/UL 1963  Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Equipment

ANSI/UL 1971  Signaling Devices for the Hearing Impaired

UL 1977  Component Connectors for Use in Data, Signal, Control and Power Applications

ANSI/UL  1981 Central Station Automation Systems

UL 1993  Self-Ballasted Lamps and Lamp Adapters

UL 1994  Low-Level Path Marking and Lighting Systems

UL 1995  Heating and Cooling EquipmentUL 1996 Duct Heaters

UL 2021  Fixed and Location-Dedicated Electric Room Heaters

UL 2024  Optical Fiber Cable Raceway

UL 2034  Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Detectors

ANSI/UL 2044  Commercial Closed Circuit Television Equipment

UL 2061  Adapters and Cylinder Connection Devices for Portable LP-Gas Cylinder Assemblies

ANSI/UL 2083  Halon 1301 Recovery/Recycling Equipment

UL 2085  Insulated Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

ANSI/UL 2096  Commercial/Industrial Gas and/or Gas Fired Heating Assemblies with Emission Reduction Equipment

UL 2106  Field Erected Boiler Assemblies

UL 2111  Overheating Protection for Motors

ANSI/UL 2157  Electric Clothes Washing Machines and Extractors

ANSI/UL 2158  Electric Clothes Dryers

UL 2161  Neon Transformers and Power Supplies

UL 2250  Instrumentation Tray Cable

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

UL 3044  Surveillance Closed Circuit Television Equipment

UL 3101-1  Electrical Equipment for Laboratory Use; Part 1: General Requirements

UL 3111-1  Electrical Measuring and Test Equipment; Part 1: General Requirements

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 8730-2-7  Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Timers and Time Switches

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

Note. -- Testing and certification of gas operated equipment is limited to equipment for use with "liquefied petroleum gas" ("LPG" or "LP-Gas").

The designations and titles of the above standards were current at the time of the preparation of the notice of the preliminary finding.Conditions

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. must also abide by the following conditions of the recognition, in addition to those already required by 29 CFR 1910.7:

OSHA must be allowed access to UL's facilities and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;

If UL has reason to doubt the efficacy of any test standard it is using under this program, it must promptly inform the organization that developed the test standard of this fact and provide that organization with appropriate relevant information upon which its concerns are based;

UL must not engage in or permit others to engage in any misrepresentation of the scope or conditions of its recognition. As part of this condition, UL agrees that it will allow no representation that it is either a recognized or an accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) without clearly indicating the specific equipment or material to which this recognition is tied, or that its recognition is limited to certain products;

UL must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major changes in its operations as an NRTL, including details;

UL will continue to meet all the terms of its recognition and will always comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition;

UL will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all areas where it has been recognized; and

UL will always cooperate with OSHA to assure compliance with the spirit as well as the letter of its recognition and 29 CFR 1910.7.

Signed at Washington, DC this 11th day of June, 1999.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 99-16070 Filed 6-23-99; 8:45 am]

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Footnote (1) These standards are approved for equipment or materials intended for use in commercial and industrial power system applications. These standards are not approved for equipment or materials intended for use in installations that are excluded by the provisions of Subpart S in 29 CFR 1910, in particular Section 1910.302(a)(2).


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