The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that Applied Research Laboratories, Inc. (ARL) will no longer be considered a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7. Laboratories recognized by OSHA as an NRTL have met legal requirements outlined in 29 CFR 1910.7 and can perform independent safety testing and certification of specific products, allowing companies to use these products to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification.

Under Subsection E of 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA can revoke this recognition if any of three potential causes is identified. OSHA found deficiencies in ARL’s testing and certification operations. Subsection E grants ARL the opportunity to correct these deficiencies or request a hearing on the matter. ARL did not request a hearing and OSHA determined that the deficiencies were not adequately corrected. As a result, OSHA notified ARL of its revocation decision, which was effective as of January 28, 2008. OSHA will not accept product certifications done by ARL on or after this date.

To review copies of public documents on ARL’s recognition (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0083), contact the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210.