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||MET Laboratories, Inc., Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register: December 5, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 232)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. NRTL1-88]
MET Laboratories, Inc., Expansion of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration's final decision expanding the recognition of MET
Laboratories, Inc., (MET) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
under 29 CFR 1910.7.
DATES: The expansion of recognition becomes effective on December 5,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Technical Programs and
Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW.,
Room N-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.
Notice of Final Decision
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby
gives notice of the expansion of recognition of MET Laboratories, Inc.,
(MET) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). MET's
expansion covers the use of additional test standards. OSHA's current
scope of recognition for MET may be found in the following
informational Web page: http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/met.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'' \1\ by
the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification.
\1\ Properly certified means, in part, that the product is
labeled or marked with the NRTL's ``registered'' certification mark
(i.e., the mark the NRTL uses for its NRTL work) and that the
product certification falls within the scope of recognition of the
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. We maintain an informational Web page for
each NRTL, which details its scope of recognition. These pages can be
accessed from our Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
MET submitted an application, dated November 1, 2004, (see Exhibit
35-1) to expand its recognition to include 12 additional test
standards. The NRTL Program staff determined that each of these
standards is an ``appropriate test standard'' within the meaning of 29
CFR 1910.7(c). However, one standard was already included in MET's
scope. Therefore, OSHA is approving eleven test standards for the
expansion. In connection with this request, OSHA did not perform an on-
site review of MET's NRTL testing facilities. However, NRTL Program
assessment staff reviewed information pertinent to the request and
recommended that MET's recognition be expanded to include the eleven
additional test standards listed below (see Exhibit 35-2). The
preliminary notice announcing the expansion application was published
in the Federal Register on August 30, 2005 (70 FR 51370). Comments were
requested by September 14, but no comments were received in response to
The previous notices published by OSHA for MET's recognition
covered an expansion of recognition, which became effective on August
26, 2003 (68 FR 51304).
You may obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining
to the MET application by contacting the Docket Office, Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC, 20210. Docket
No. NRTL1-88 contains all materials in the record concerning MET's
The current address of the MET facility already recognized by OSHA
is: MET Laboratories, Inc., 914 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore,
Final Decision and Order
NRTL Program staff has examined the application, the assessor's
recommendation, and other pertinent information. Based upon this
examination and the assessor's recommendation, OSHA finds that MET has
met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition,
subject to the limitation and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the
authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of MET,
subject to the following limitation and conditions.
OSHA limits the expansion of MET's recognition to testing and
certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test
standards listed below. OSHA has determined that the standards meet the
requirements for an appropriate test standard, within the meaning of 29
UL 5A Nonmetallic Surface Raceways and Fittings.
UL 291 Automated Teller Systems.
UL 294 Access Control System Units.
UL 508A Industrial Control Panels.
UL 963 Sealing, Wrapping, and Marking Equipment.
UL 1727 Commercial Electric Personal Grooming Appliances.
UL 1863 Communication Circuit Accessories.
UL 60065 Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus.**
UL 60335-1 Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part
1; General Requirements.
UL 60335-2-34 Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 2;
Particular Requirements for Motor Compressors.
UL 61010C-1 Process Control Equipment.
**Note: This standard is comparable to UL 6500 Audio/Video and
Musical Instrument Apparatus for Household, Commercial, and Similar
General Use. Since no NRTL is currently recognized for UL 60065, we
plan to modify the scope of any NRTL currently recognized for UL
6500 to add UL 60065.
The designation and title of the above test standards were current
at the time of the preparation of the notice of the preliminary
OSHA's recognition of MET, 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
Many UL test standards also are approved as American National
Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). However,
for convenience, we use the designation of the standards developing
organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under
our procedures, any 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. You may contact ANSI to find
out whether or not a test standard is currently ANSI-approved.
MET 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 MET's facilities and records for
purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its
recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;
If MET has reason to doubt the efficacy of any test standard it is
using under this program, it must promptly inform the test standard
developing organization of this fact and provide that organization with
appropriate relevant information upon which its concerns are based;
MET 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, MET 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;
MET 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;
MET will meet all the terms of its recognition and will always
comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
MET will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all
areas where it has been recognized.
Signed at Washington, DC, this 28th day of November, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary.6
[FR Doc. E5-6822 Filed 12-2-05; 8:45 am]
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