2020-15072. UL LLC: Request for Renewal of Recognition  

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    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.




    In this notice, OSHA announces the application of UL LLC (UL), requesting 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 Start Printed Page 42011than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2009-0025, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the OSHA docket number (OSHA-2009-0025). OSHA places comments and other materials, including any personal information, in the public docket without revision, and these materials will be available online at http://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 web page for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition available at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html.

    OSHA 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.

    UL initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on June 13, 1988, referenced in a Federal Register notice dated June 29, 1995 (60 FR 33852). UL's most recent renewal was granted on July 14, 2014, for a five-year period ending on July 14, 2019. UL submitted a timely request for renewal, dated September 4, 2018 (OSHA-2009-0025-0028), and retains its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The current addresses of the UL facilities recognized by OSHA and included as part of the renewal request are:

    (1) UL Northbrook, 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062;

    (2) UL International Netherlands B.V., Westervoortsedijk 60, Arnhem, Netherlands 6827 AT;

    (3) UL International Italia S.r.l., Via Delle Industrie 1&6, Carugate, Milano, Italy 20061;

    (4) UL International Services, Ltd. Taiwan, 1st Floor, 260 Da-Yeh Road, Pei Tou District AND 4th/5th Floor, No. 35, Sec 2, Zhongyang S Rd, Pei Tou, Taipei City, Taiwan 112;

    (5) UL Japan, 4383-326 Asama-cho and 3600-18 Asama-cho, Ise-shi, Japan 516-0021;

    (6) UL Melville, 1285 Walt Whitman Road, Mellville, New York 11747;

    (7) UL International Germany GmbH, Admiral-Rosendahl-Strasse 9, 23, Neu-Isenburg 63263;

    (8) UL Canada, 7 Underwriters Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada MiR 3A9;

    (9) UL Research Triangle Park, 12 Laboratory Drive, P.O. Box 13995, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709;

    (10) UL International Denmark A/S, Borupvang 5A, Ballerup, Denmark DK-2750;

    (11) UL International Limited Hong Kong, 18th Floor, Delta House, 3 On Yiu Street, Shatin, Hong Kong; and

    (12) UL Korea, 26th Floor Gangnam Finance Center, 737 Yeoksam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 132-984.

    (13) Underwriters Laboratories International UK Ltd, Wonersh House, The Guildway, Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1LR, United Kingdom

    II. Notice of Preliminary Findings

    OSHA is providing notice that UL is applying for renewal of its recognition as a NRTL. This renewal covers UL's existing NRTL scope of recognition. OSHA evaluated UL's application for renewal and preliminarily determined that UL 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 additional Start Printed Page 42012on-site review of UL's facilities based on its evaluations of UL's application and all other available information. This information includes OSHA's audits of UL'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 request.

    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether UL 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. Commenters 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 UL'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-2009-0025.

    The NRTL Program 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 on whether to grant UL'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. 2020-15072 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.
42010-42012 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. OSHA-2009-0025
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» Underwriters Laboratories Signed Renewal Application
» UL OSHA NRTL Scope Expansion Application - 3 Standards - Revision
» UL LLC OSHA Scope Expansion Cover Letter - 3 HazLoc Standards
» UL Application Amendment - November 2017
» Signed OSHA General Application Information - UL - 1 June 2017
» Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) Hazardous Locations (Haz Loc) Standard Application - 25 Standards
» Exhibit 14-2 - UL Application for Expansion of Test Standards
» Exhibit 1 - UL Expansion Application for Addition of 57 Standards
» Underwriters Laboratories Request for Renewal