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• Publication Date: 12/05/2013
• Publication Type: Notices
• Fed Register #: 78: 73208-73210
• Standard Number: 1910.7; 1910.7(c)
• Title: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 234 (Thursday, December 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73208-73210]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29054]


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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.

ACTION: Notice.

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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.

ADDRESSES: 
    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 
(202) 693-1648.
    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., 
e.t.
    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; 
email: Meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    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: johnson.david.w@dol.gov. 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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 
http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/ul.html.

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
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         Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 60730-1....................  Automatic Electrical Controls for
                                 Household and Similar Use, Part 1:
                                 General Requirements.
ANSI/UL 60730-2-2.............  Automatic Electrical Controls for
                                 Household and Similar Use; Part 2
                                 Particular Requirements for Thermal
                                 Motor Protectors.
UL 60730-2-14.................  Automatic Electrical Controls for
                                 Household and Similar Use; Part 2:
                                 Particular Requirements for Electric
                                 Actuators.
ANSI/UL 1008A.................  Medium[hyphen]Voltage Transfer Switches.
ANSI/UL 61010-1...............  Electrical Equipment for Measurement,
                                 Control, and Laboratory Use; Part 1:
                                 General Requirements.
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
                                 Circuits.
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
                                 Outdoors.
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
                                 Motor[hyphen]Starters--Electromechanica
                                 l Contactors and Motor[hyphen]Starters.
ANSI/UL 2738..................  Induction Power Transmitters and
                                 Receivers for Use with Low Energy
                                 Products.
ANSI/UL 1990..................  Nonmetallic Underground Conduit with
                                 Conductors.
ANSI/UL 60947-5-2.............  Low[hyphen]voltage Switchgear and
                                 Controlgear--Part 5-2: Control Circuit
                                 Devices and Switching Elements--
                                 Proximity Switches.
ANSI/UL 1691..................  Single Pole Locking[hyphen]Type
                                 Separable Connectors.
ANSI/UL 61058-1...............  Switches for Appliances--Part 1: General
                                 Requirements.
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
                                 Cut[hyphen]Off Machines.
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.
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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.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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