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||MET Laboratories, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register: August 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 167)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. NRTL1-88]
MET Laboratories, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the application of MET Laboratories,
Inc., (MET) for expansion of its recognition to use additional test
standards, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant MET's
requested expansion of recognition. This preliminary finding does not
constitute an interim or temporary approval of this application.
DATES: You must submit information or comments, or any request for
extension of the time to comment, by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your information or comments must be submitted
(postmarked or sent) by September 14, 2005.
Electronic transmission or facsimile: Your comments must
be sent by September 14, 2005.
ADDRESSES: You may submit information or comments to this notice--
identified by docket number NRTL1-88--by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
OSHA Web site: http://ecomments.osha.gov. Follow the
instructions for submitting comments on OSHA's Web page.
Fax: If your written comments are 10 pages or fewer, you
may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery and courier
service: Submit three copies to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No.
NRTL1-88, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room
N-2625, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. (OSHA's TTY
number is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office hours of operation are
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.s.t.
Instructions: All comments received will be posted without change
to http://dockets.osha.gov, including any personal information
provided. OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such
as social security numbers and birth dates.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://dockets.osha.gov. Contact the OSHA
Docket Office for information about materials not available through the
OSHA Web page and for assistance in using the Web page to locate docket
Extension of Comment Period: Submit requests for extensions
concerning this notice to: Office of Technical Programs and
Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Or fax to (202) 693-1644.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Technical Programs and
Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW.,
Room N-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.
Notice of Application
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby
gives notice that MET Laboratories, Inc., (MET) has applied for
expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing
Laboratory (NRTL). MET's expansion request covers the use of additional
test standards. OSHA's current scope of recognition for MET may be
found in the following informational Web page: http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/met.html.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization has met
the legal requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal
Regulations (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 certified'' by the
NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification.
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. We maintain an informational Web page for
each NRTL, which details its scope of recognition. These pages can be
accessed from our Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
The most recent notice published by OSHA for MET's recognition
covered an expansion of recognition, which became effective on August
26, 2003 (68 FR 51304).
The current address of the MET facility already recognized by OSHA
is: MET Laboratories, Inc., 914 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore,
General Background on the Application
MET has submitted an application, dated November 1, 2004 (see
Exhibit 35-1) to expand its recognition to include 12 additional test
standards. The NRTL Program staff has determined that each of these
standards is an ``appropriate test standard'' within the meaning of 29
CFR 1910.7(c). However, one standard was already included in MET's
scope. Therefore, OSHA would approve eleven test standards for the
MET seeks recognition for testing and certification of products for
demonstration of conformance to the following eleven test standards:
UL 5A Nonmetallic Surface Raceways and Fittings
UL 291 Automated Teller Systems
UL 294 Access Control System Units
UL 508A Industrial Control Panels
UL 963 Sealing, Wrapping, and Marking Equipment
UL 1727 Commercial Electric Personal Grooming Appliances
UL 1863 Communication Circuit Accessories
UL 60065 Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus**
UL 60335-1 Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part
1; General Requirements
UL 60335-2-34 Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 2;
Particular Requirements for Motor Compressors
UL 61010C-1 Process Control Equipment
**Note: This standard is comparable to UL 6500 Audio/Video and
Musical Instrument Apparatus for Household, Commercial, and Similar
General Use. Since no NRTL is currently recognized for UL 60065, we
plan to modify the scope of any NRTL currently recognized for UL
6500 to add UL 60065.
OSHA's recognition of MET, or any NRTL, for a particular test
standard is limited to equipment or materials (i.e., products) for
which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification
before use in the workplace. Consequently, any NRTL's scope of
recognition excludes any product(s) that fall within the scope of a
test standard, but for which OSHA standards do not require NRTL testing
A few of the UL test standards listed above also are approved as
American National Standards by the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI). However, for convenience, we use the designation of
the standards developing organization for the standard as opposed to
the ANSI designation. Under our procedures, any NRTL recognized for an
ANSI-approved test standard may use either the latest proprietary
version of the test standard or the latest ANSI version of that
standard. You may contact ANSI to find out whether or not a test
standard is currently ANSI-approved.
Preliminary Finding on the Application
MET has submitted an acceptable request for expansion of its
recognition as an NRTL. In connection with this request, OSHA did not
perform an on-site review of MET's NRTL testing facilities. However,
NRTL Program assessment staff reviewed information pertinent to the
request and recommended that MET's recognition be expanded to include
the eleven additional test standards listed above (see Exhibit 35-2).
Our review of the application file, the assessor's recommendation, and
other pertinent documents indicate that MET can meet the requirements,
as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7, for the expansion for the eleven
additional test standards listed above. This preliminary finding does
not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application.
OSHA welcomes public comments, in sufficient detail, as to whether
MET has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its
recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Your
comments should consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits.
Should you need more time to comment, you must request it in writing,
including reasons for the request. OSHA must receive your written
request for extension at the address provided above no later than the
last date for comments. OSHA will limit any extension to 30 days,
unless the requester justifies a longer period. We may deny a request
for extension if it is not adequately justified. You may obtain or
review copies of MET's requests, the on-site review report, other
pertinent documents, and all submitted comments, as received, by
contacting the Docket Office, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety and
Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address.
Docket No. NRTL1-88 contains all materials in the record concerning
The NRTL Program staff will review all timely comments and, after
resolution of issues raised by these comments, will recommend whether
to grant MET's expansion request. The Agency will make the final
decision on granting the expansion and, in making this decision, may
undertake other proceedings that are prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR
Section 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final
decision in the Federal Register.
Signed at Washington, DC, this 15th day of August, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Deputy Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-17184 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]
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