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| Publication Date:||03/18/2002|
| Publication Type:||Notice|
| Fed Register #:||67:12051-12054|
| Standard Number:||1910.7; 1910.7(c); 1910.7 App A|
| Title:||TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., Renewal of Recognition.|
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. NRTL3-92]
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., Renewal of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agency's final decision on the application of the TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV), for renewal of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The renewal becomes effective on March 18, 2002 and will be valid until March 19, 2007, unless terminated or modified prior to that date, in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet or Sherrey Nicolas, 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.
Notice of Final Application
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice of the renewal of recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV), as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). The NRTL's scope of recognition may be found in OSHA's informational web page for the NRTL (http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/tuv.html).
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization has met the legal requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or grant of government authority. As a result of recognition, employers may use products "properly certified" by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification.
The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial recognition or for expansion or renewal of this 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 its preliminary finding and, in the second notice, the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of that scope.
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., is a privately held Product Safety and Quality Assurance Testing firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada. TUV is wholly owned by TUV Rheinland e. V. of Cologne, Germany. TUV is a U.S. corporation incorporated in the state of Delaware in 1983.
TUV received its recognition as an NRTL on August 16, 1995 (60 FR 42594), for a period of five years ending August 16, 2000. Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7 stipulates that the period of recognition of an NRTL is five years and that an NRTL may renew its recognition by applying not less than nine months, nor more than one year, before the expiration date of its current recognition. TUV submitted its renewal request on November 16, 1999 (see Exhibit 23), within the time allotted, and TUV retains its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process.
In processing TUV's request, OSHA performed an on-site review of TUV's facility listed below. Following the on-site evaluation, NRTL Program staff recommended the renewal of TUV's recognition (see Exhibit 24).
OSHA published the required notice in the Federal Register on January 28, 2002 (67 FR 3913), to announce TUV's renewal request. This notice included a preliminary finding that TUV could meet the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of its recognition and invited public comment by February 15. OSHA received no comments concerning this notice.
The previous notice published by OSHA for TUV's recognition covered a modification to its scope of recognition, which became effective on September 12, 2001 (66 FR 47505). The following Federal Register notices related to TUV's recognition have also been published by OSHA to address an expansion of its recognition for additional standards or programs: a request announced on March 2, 2000 (65 FR 11197), and granted on June 8, 2000 (65 FR 39946); and requests announced on December 12, 1997 (62 FR 65446), and January 8, 1998 (63 FR 1127), and granted on April 2, 1998 (63 FR 16280). The renewal incorporates all recognitions granted to TUV through the date of publication of the preliminary finding.
You may obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the TUV 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. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL3-92, the permanent record of public information on the TUV recognition.
The current address of the TUV testing facility already recognized by OSHA is: TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 12 Commerce Road, Newtown, Connecticut 06470.
Programs and Procedures
The renewal of recognition includes TUV's continued use of the following supplemental programs and procedures, based upon the criteria detailed in the March 9, 1995 Federal Register notice (60 FR 12980, 3/9/95). This notice lists nine (9) programs and procedures (collectively, programs), eight of which an NRTL may use to control and audit, but not actually to generate, the data relied upon for product certification. An NRTL's initial recognition will always include the first or basic program, which requires that all product testing and evaluation be performed in-house by the NRTL that will certify the product. OSHA has already recognized TUV for these programs, which are listed, as shown below, in OSHA's informational web page on the TUV recognition (http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/tuv.html).
Program 2: Acceptance of testing data from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
Program 3: Acceptance of product evaluations from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
Program 4: Acceptance of witnessed testing data.
Program 8: Acceptance of product evaluations from organizations that function as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission Certification Body (IEC-CB) Scheme.
Program 9: Acceptance of services other than testing or evaluation performed by subcontractors or agents.
OSHA developed these programs to limit how an NRTL may perform certain aspects of its work and to permit the activities covered under a program only when the NRTL meets certain criteria. In this sense, they are special conditions that the Agency places on an NRTL's recognition. OSHA does not consider these programs in determining whether an NRTL meets the requirements for recognition under 29 CFR 1910.7. However, these programs help to define the scope of that recognition.
Currently, OSHA imposes the following condition on its recognition of TUV as an NRTL, and continues to impose the condition as part of the renewal. This condition applies solely to TUV's operations as an NRTL and is in addition to any other condition that OSHA normally imposes in its recognition of an organization as an NRTL. This condition is listed first under the "Conditions" section below and provides as follows:
TUV must have specific written testing procedures in place before testing products covered by any test standard for which it is recognized and must use these procedures in testing and certifying those products.
Final Decision and Order
The NRTL Program staff has examined the application, the assessor's report, and other pertinent information. Based upon this examination and the assessor's recommendation, OSHA finds that the TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of its NRTL recognition. The renewal applies to the site listed above. In addition, it covers the test standards listed below, and it is subject to the limitations and conditions, also listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby renews the recognition of TUV, subject to these limitations and conditions.
OSHA limits the renewal of recognition of TUV to the site listed above. OSHA further limits the renewal of recognition of TUV to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standards listed below. OSHA has determined that each test standard meets the requirements for an appropriate test standard, within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c).
UL 22 Amusement and Gaming Machines
At the time of preparation of the preliminary notice, some of the test standards for which OSHA currently recognizes TUV, and which are listed above, have been withdrawn or replaced by the standards developing organization. Under OSHA policy regarding such withdrawn or replaced test standards, OSHA can no longer recognize the NRTL for the test standards but the NRTL may request recognition for comparable test standards, i.e., other appropriate test standards covering similar types of product testing. However, a number of other NRTLs also are recognized for these withdrawn or replaced standards. As a result, OSHA will publish a separate notice to make the appropriate substitutions for TUV and the other NRTLs that were recognized for these standards.
OSHA's recognition of TUV, or any NRTL, for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials (i.e., products) for which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification before use in the workplace. Consequently, an NRTL's scope of recognition excludes any product(s) falling within the scope of a test standard for which OSHA has no NRTL testing and certification requirements.
Many of the test standards listed above are approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). However, for convenience in compiling the list, we use the designation of the standards developing organization (e.g., UL 1004) for the standard, as opposed to the ANSI designation (e.g., ANSI/UL 1004). Under our procedures, an NRTL recognized for an ANSI-approved test standard may use either the latest proprietary version of the test standard or the latest ANSI version of that standard, regardless of which version appears in the list of test standards found in OSHA's informational web page for the NRTL. Contact ANSI or the ANSI web site (http://www.ansi.org) and click "NSSN" to find out whether or not a test standard currently is ANSI-approved.
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., must also abide by the following conditions of the recognition, in addition to those already required by 29 CFR 1910.7:
TUV must have specific written testing procedures in place before testing products covered by any test standard for which it is recognized and must use these procedures in testing and certifying those products;
OSHA must be allowed access to the TUV facilities and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;
If TUV 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;
TUV 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, TUV 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;
TUV 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;
TUV will continue to meet all the terms of its recognition and will always comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
TUV will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all areas where it has been recognized.
Signed at Washington, DC this 8th day of March, 2002.
John L. Henshaw,
[FR Doc. 02-06448 Filed 3-15-02; 8:45 am]
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