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1838. NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TESTING LABORATORIES FEE SCHEDULE - REVISED APPROACH

Priority:
Info./Admin./Other. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.

Legal Authority: 31 USC 9701; 29 USC 653; 29 USC 655; 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to adjust the fees that the Agency charges Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs). A number of OSHA standards require that certain products and equipment used in the workplace be tested and certified by an organization that has been recognized by OSHA. OSHA requires NRTL applicants to provide detailed and comprehensive information about their programs, processes, and procedures in writing when they apply. OSHA reviews the written information and conducts an on-site assessment to determine whether the organization meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA uses a similar process when an NRTL applies for expansion or renewal of its recognition. In addition, the Agency conducts annual audits to ensure that the recognized laboratories maintain their programs and continue to meet the recognition requirements.

In 2000, OSHA began charging NRTLs for the services it provides them. The services are processing of NRTL applications and audits of NRTL operations, and they define the fundamental functions of the NRTL Program. OSHA has determined that its current NRTL fee schedule does not recoup the full costs of the services performed because it does not recover certain indirect costs of those services. These indirect costs stem from attendant activities and accrue to the benefit of those services. OSHA's proposed fee schedule would account for these indirect costs. In determining the revised fee structure, OSHA will follow the guidelines established by the Office of Management and Budget in Circular Number A-25.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 07/00/07  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ruth McCully, Director, Directorate of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N3653, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2300
Fax: 202 693-1644
Email: mccully.ruth@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AC27

Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule Stage
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


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