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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC27
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Title: Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories Fee Schedule -- Revised Approach

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to adjust the fees that the Agency charges for the services it provides to 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. OSHAs 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.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Info./Admin./Other

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage

Major: Undetermined Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

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

Legal Deadline: None

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 03/00/2008  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No  

Energy Effects: No Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0

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

Unified Agenda - Table of Contents

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