2020-15069. TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Request for Renewal of Recognition  

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    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor




    In this notice, OSHA announces the TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA), application containing a request for renewal of recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).


    Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on or before July 28, 2020.


    Submit comments by any of the following methods:

    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at: https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.

    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

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    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and OSHA docket number (OSHA-2007-0042). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, the agency cautions commenters about submitting statements they do not want made available to the public, or submitting comments that contain personal information (either about themselves or others) such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, and medical data.

    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the above address. All documents in the docket (including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the https://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket submissions.

    Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of the comment period on or before July 28, 2020 to the 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-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or by fax to (202) 693-1644.

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    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, 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, phone: (202) 693-2110 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.

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    I. Background

    OSHA recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets the 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 approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification. OSHA maintains an informational website for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition available at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html.

    The agency processes applications by a NRTL for renewal of recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, Appendix A, paragraph II.C. In accordance with these procedures, NRTLs submit a renewal request to OSHA, not less than nine months, or no more than one year, before the expiration date of its current recognition. The submission includes a request for renewal and any additional information the NRTL wishes to submit to demonstrate its continued compliance with the terms of its recognition and 29 CFR 1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL's headquarters and key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will schedule the necessary on-site assessments prior to the expiration date of the NRTL's recognition. Upon review of the submitted material and, as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA announces its preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal in the Federal Register and solicit comments from the public. OSHA then publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments and renewing the NRTL's recognition for a period of five years, or denying the renewal of recognition.

    TUVRNA initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on August 16, 1995 (60 FR 42594). TUVRNA's most recent renewal was on July 30, 2014, for a five-year period, expiring on July 30, 2019. TUVRNA submitted a timely request for renewal, dated August 16, 2018 (OSHA-2007-0042-0035), and retains its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The current addresses of TUVRNA facilities recognized by OSHA and included as part of the renewal request are:

    1. TUVRNA Newtown, 12 Commerce Road, Newtown, Connecticut 06470;

    2. TUVRNA Pleasanton, 1279 Quarry Lane, Suite A, Pleasanton, California 94566;

    3. TUV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH (Germany), Am Grauen Stein 29, Koln, NRW 51105 Germany;

    4. TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd., Global Technology Assessment Center, 4-25-2 Kita-Yamata, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 224-0021 Japan;

    5. TUV Rheinland (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., 1F East & 2-4F, Cybio Technology Building No. 1, No. 16, Keibei 2nd Road High-Tech Industrial Park North, Nashan District, 518057 Shenzhen, China;

    6. TUV Rheinland (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, TUV Rheinland Building No. 177, Lane 777, West Guangzhong Road Zhabei District, Shanghai 200072, P.R. China;

    7. TUV Rheinland Taiwan Ltd., 11F, No. 758, Sec.4, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City 105, Taiwan; and

    8. TUV Rheinland Taiwan Ltd., Taichung Branch Office, No. 9, Lane 36, Minsheng Rod. Sec. 3, Daya District, Taichung City 428, Taiwan.

    II. Notice of Preliminary Findings

    OSHA is providing notice that TUVRNA is applying for renewal of its current recognition as a NRTL. This renewal covers TUVRNA's existing NRTL scope of recognition. OSHA evaluated TUVRNA's application for renewal and preliminarily determined that TUVRNA can continue to meet the requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition. Accordingly, OSHA is making a determination that it does not need to conduct an on-site review of TUVRNA's facilities based on its evaluations of TUVRNA's application and all other available information. This information includes OSHA's audit of TUVRNA's recognized NRTL sites during this recognition period, and the satisfactory resolution of non-conformances with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application for renewal.

    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether TUVRNA meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of their recognition as a NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits. Start Printed Page 42019Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request in writing, stating the reasons for the request. OSHA must receive the written request for an extension by the due date for comments. OSHA will limit any extension to 30 days unless the requester justifies a longer period. OSHA may deny a request for an extension if it is not adequately justified. To obtain or review copies of the publicly available information in TUVRNA's application and other pertinent documents (including exhibits), as well as all submitted comments, contact the Docket Office, Room N-3653, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address; these materials also are available online at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042.

    OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these comments, will make a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary as to whether to grant TUVRNA's application for renewal. The Assistant Secretary will make the final decision on granting the application and, in making this decision, may undertake other proceedings prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7.

    OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.

    III. Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 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.

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    Signed at Washington, DC, on July 7, 2020.

    Loren Sweatt,

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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    [FR Doc. 2020-15069 Filed 7-10-20; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Labor Department
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Document Number:
Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on or before July 28, 2020.
42017-42019 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» TUVRNA Renewal Application
» Scope Extension Application TRNA (August 2018)
» Greater China New Site Application TRNA
» NFPA 496 and UL 698A Application TRNA
» TUV Rheinland UL 913 Withdrawal Letter to OSHA
» UL 2108 Application Letter to OSHA from Kenneth Kamer, TUV Rheinland
» Application Letter from TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV) dated September 30, 2015
» TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. - Site Expansion Request - March 2, 2016
» TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. - Site Expansion Request - December 7, 2015
» TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. - Standard Expansion Request - August 20, 2015