MET Laboratories, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition

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.

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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 submissions.

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.

Supplementary information:

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-slc.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-slc.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, Maryland 21230.

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 expansion.

MET seeks recognition for testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the following eleven test standards:

UL 5ANonmetallic Surface Raceways and Fittings

UL 291Automated Teller Systems

UL 294Access Control System Units

UL 508AIndustrial Control Panels

UL 963Sealing, Wrapping, and Marking Equipment

UL 1727Commercial Electric Personal Grooming Appliances

UL 1863Communication Circuit Accessories

UL 60065Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus**

UL 60335-1Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 1; General Requirements

UL 60335-2-34Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 2; Particular Requirements for Motor Compressors

UL 61010C-1Process 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 and certification.

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 MET's application.

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.

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