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||Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 234 (Thursday, December 5, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29054]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0025]
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the application of Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc., for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory and presents the Agency's preliminary
finding to grant the application and request. Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc., requests the addition of multiple test standards to
its scope of recognition. This preliminary finding does not constitute
an interim or temporary approval of the application and request.
DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this
notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on
or before December 20, 2013. All submissions must bear a postmark or
provide other evidence of the submission date.
Electronically: Tender submissions electronically to the Federal
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
instructions online for making electronic submissions.
Facsimile: If submissions, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, commenters may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Regular or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier)
service: Tender submissions to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-
2009-0025, Technical Data Center, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210; telephone:
(202) 693-2350 (TTY number: (877) 889-5627). Note that security
procedures may result in significant delays in receiving submissions
sent by regular mail. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information
about security procedures concerning delivery of materials by regular
or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier) service. The
hours of operation for the OSHA Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.,
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
docket number for this notice (OSHA-2009-0025). OSHA places comments
and other materials, including any personal information, in the public
docket without revision, and these materials may be available online at
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, the Agency cautions commenters
about submitting statements they do not want made available to the
public, or submitting comments that contain personal information
(either about themselves or others) such as Social Security numbers,
birth dates, and medical data.
Docket: To read or download submissions or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to the OSHA Docket Office
at the address above. All documents in the docket are listed in the
http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g.,
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download
through this Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material,
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is
available from the following sources:
Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office
of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue
NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999;
General and technical information: Contact David Johnson, Director,
Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate
of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and
Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
2110; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. OSHA's Web page includes
information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/otpca/nrtl/index.html).
Copies of the Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this
Federal Register notice are available at http://www.regulations.gov.
This Federal Register notice, as well as other relevant
information, is also available on OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
I. Notice of the Application for Expansion
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is
providing notice that Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., (UL) is applying
for expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized
Testing Laboratory (NRTL). UL requests the addition of multiple test
standards to their NRTL scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets
the requirements specified in Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations,
Section 1910.7 (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.
Recognition enables employers to use products approved by the NRTL to
meet OSHA standards that require product testing and certification.
The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial
recognition and for an 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. 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. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL,
including UL, which details the NRTL's scope of recognition. These
pages are available from the OSHA Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
Each NRTL's scope of recognition has three elements: (1) The type
of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by its
applicable test standard; (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have the
technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-
certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope;
and (3) the supplemental program(s) that the NRTL may use. Each of
these elements allows the NRTL to rely on other parties to perform
activities necessary for product testing and certification.
UL currently has 34 facilities (sites) recognized by OSHA for
product testing and certification, with its headquarters located at:
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL
60062. A complete list of UL sites recognized by OSHA is available at
II. General Background on the Application and Request
UL submitted an application, dated March 26, 2013 (Ex. 1: UL
Application), to expand its recognition to include multiple additional
test standards. The Office of Technical Programs and Coordination
Activities (OTPCA) staff performed a comparability analysis and
reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform any on-site
reviews in relation to this application. The OTPCA staff determined
that 23 of these standards are "appropriate test standards" within
the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c).
Table 1 below lists appropriate test standards found within UL's
application for expansion for testing and certification of products
under the NRTL Program.
Table 1--Proposed List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in
UL's NRTL Scope of Recognition
Test standard Test standard title
UL 60730-1.................... Automatic Electrical Controls for
Household and Similar Use, Part 1:
ANSI/UL 60730-2-2............. Automatic Electrical Controls for
Household and Similar Use; Part 2
Particular Requirements for Thermal
UL 60730-2-14................. Automatic Electrical Controls for
Household and Similar Use; Part 2:
Particular Requirements for Electric
ANSI/UL 1008A................. Medium[hyphen]Voltage Transfer Switches.
ANSI/UL 61010-1............... Electrical Equipment for Measurement,
Control, and Laboratory Use; Part 1:
ANSI/UL 61010-2-030........... Safety Requirements for Electrical
Equipment for Measurement, Control, and
Laboratory Use--Part 2-030: Particular
Requirements for Testing and Measuring
ANSI/UL 61010-031............. Electrical Equipment for Measurement,
Control, and Laboratory Use; Part 031:
Safety Requirements for
Hand[hyphen]Held Probe Assemblies for
Electrical Measurement and Test.
ANSI/UL 60950-1............... Information Technology Equipment Safety--
Part 1: General Requirements.
ANSI/UL 60950-21.............. Information Technology Equipment--
Safety--Part 21: Remote Power Feeding.
ANSI/UL 60950-22.............. Information Technology Equipment Safety--
Part 22: Equipment to be Installed
ANSI/UL 60950-23.............. Information Technology Equipment Safety--
Part 23: Large Data Storage Equipment.
ANSI/UL 60947-4-1A............ Low[hyphen]Voltage Switchgear and
Controlgear--Part 4-1A: Contactors and
l Contactors and Motor[hyphen]Starters.
ANSI/UL 2738.................. Induction Power Transmitters and
Receivers for Use with Low Energy
ANSI/UL 1990.................. Nonmetallic Underground Conduit with
ANSI/UL 60947-5-2............. Low[hyphen]voltage Switchgear and
Controlgear--Part 5-2: Control Circuit
Devices and Switching Elements--
ANSI/UL 1691.................. Single Pole Locking[hyphen]Type
ANSI/UL 61058-1............... Switches for Appliances--Part 1: General
ANSI/UL 2108.................. Low Voltage Lighting Systems.
ANSI/UL 60745-2-16............ Hand[hyphen]Held Motor[hyphen]Operated
Electric Tools--Safety--Part 2-16:
Particular Requirements for Tackers.
ANSI/UL 60745-2-22............ Hand[hyphen]Held Motor[hyphen]Operated
electric Tools--Safety--Part 2-22:
Particular Requirements for
ANSI/UL 60335-2-3............. Household and Similar Electrical
Appliances, Part 2: Particular
Requirements for Electric Irons.
ANSI/UL 962A.................. Furniture Power Distribution Units.
ANSI/UL 2438.................. Outdoor Seasonal[hyphen]Use
Cord[hyphen]Connected Wiring Devices.
III. Preliminary Finding on the Application and Request
UL submitted an acceptable application for expansion of its scope
of recognition. OSHA's review of the application file, and its
comparability analysis, indicate that UL can meet the requirements
prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition to include 23
test standards for NRTL testing and certification. This preliminary
finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of UL's
application and request.
OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether UL meets the
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as an
NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and
exhibits. Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request
in writing, stating the reasons for the request. Commenters must submit
the written request for an extension by the due date for comments. OSHA
will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester justifies a
longer period. OSHA may deny a request for an extension if it is not
adequately justified. To obtain or review copies of the publicly
available information in UL's application and request, including
pertinent documents (e.g., exhibits) and all submitted comments,
contact the Docket Office, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address; these
materials also are available online at http://www.regulations.gov under
Docket No. OSHA-2009-0025.
The OTPCA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in
a timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these
comments, will recommend to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational
Safety and Health whether to grant UL's application for expansion of
its scope of recognition. The Assistant Secretary will make the final
decision on granting the application and request. In making this
decision, the Assistant Secretary may undertake other proceedings
prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public
notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.
IV. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice.
Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C.
657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25,
2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.
Signed at Washington, DC, on December 2, 2013.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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