Quality Auditing Institute, Ltd.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards

 
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Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 41 (Wednesday, March 2, 2016)

Federal Register Volume 81, Number 41 (Wednesday, March 2, 2016)

Notices

Pages 10914-10915

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2016-04525

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Docket No. OSHA-2013-0017

Quality Auditing Institute, Ltd.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for Quality Auditing Institute, Ltd. as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on March 2, 2016.

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 Mr. Kevin Robinson, 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: robinson.kevin@dol.gov. OSHA's Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

  1. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of Quality Auditing Institute, Ltd. (QAI) as an NRTL. QAI's expansion covers the addition of sixteen test standards to its scope of recognition. Additionally, OSHA announces a modification to its list of Appropriate NRTL Test Standards to include one additional test standard.

    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified by 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 approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification of the products.

    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. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are available from the Agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.

    QAI submitted an application, dated November 18, 2014, (OSHA-2013-

    0017-0006) to expand its recognition to include sixteen additional test standards, including one test standard to be added to the List of Appropriate NRTL Test Standards. OSHA staff performed a comparability analysis and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application.

    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing QAI's expansion application and modification to the list of appropriate test standards in the Federal Register on December 7, 2015 (80 FR 76047). The Agency requested comments by December 22, 2015, but it received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of QAI's scope of recognition and modification to the list of Appropriate NRTL Test Standards.

    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the QAI's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact 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. OSHA-2013-0017 contains all materials in the record concerning QAI's recognition.

  2. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined QAI's expansion application, its capability to meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that QAI meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject to the limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant QAI's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of QAI's recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standards listed in Table 1 below.

    Table 1--List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in QAI's NRTL

    Scope of Recognition

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    Test standard Test standard title

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    UL 48............................ Standard for Electric Signs.

    UL 153........................... Standard for Portable Electric

    Luminaires.

    UL 234........................... Standard for Low Voltage Lighting

    Fixtures for Use in Recreational

    Vehicles.

    UL 355........................... Standard for Cord Reels.

    UL 507........................... Standard for Electric Fans.

    UL 508........................... Standard for Industrial Control

    Equipment.

    UL 508A.......................... Standard for Industrial Control

    Panels.

    UL 514C.......................... Standard for Nonmetallic Outlet

    Boxes, Flush-Device Boxes and

    Covers.

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    UL 514D.......................... Cover Plates for Flush-Mounted Wiring

    Devices.

    UL 962 *......................... Standard for Household and Commercial

    Furnishings.

    UL 1574.......................... Standard for Track Lighting Systems.

    UL 1993.......................... Self-Ballasted Lamps and Lamp

    Adapters.

    UL 2108.......................... Standard for Low Voltage Lighting

    Systems.

    UL 60950-1....................... Information Technology Equipment--

    Safety--Part 1: General

    Requirements.

    UL 61010-1....................... Safety Requirements for Electrical

    Equipment Measurement, Control, and

    Laboratory Use--Part 1: General

    Requirements.

    UL 8750.......................... Standard for Light Emitting Diode

    (LED) Equipment for Use in Lighting

    Products.

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    * Represents a new standard that OSHA is adding to the NRTL Program's

    List of Appropriate Test Standards--listed in Table 2 below.

    Table 2--Test Standard OSHA Is Adding to the NRTL Program's List of

    Appropriate Test Standards

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    Test standard Test standard title

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    UL 962........................... Standard for Household and Commercial

    Furnishings.

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    OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require third-party testing and certification before using them in the workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the test standards listed above as American National Standards. However, for convenience, we may use the designation of the standards-developing organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under the NRTL Program's policy (see OSHA Instruction CPL 1-0.3, Appendix C, paragraph XIV), any NRTL recognized for a particular test standard may use either the proprietary version of the test standard or the ANSI version of that standard. Contact ANSI to determine whether a test standard is currently ANSI-approved.

    1. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, QAI must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:

    1. QAI must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the change(s);

    2. QAI must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

    3. QAI must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, including all previously published conditions on QAI's scope of recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the scope of recognition of QAI, subject to the limitation and conditions specified above.

    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 February 25, 2016.

    David Michaels,

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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