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Inspection service provider, TÜV Rheinland gained National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) status to four product safety testing laboratories in China and two additional recognized testing standards.

Granted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the recognition increases TÜV Rheinland’s certification strength on a stronger global basis. The expanded scope of recognition, which was effective June 5, signifies TÜV Rheinland meets the requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.7.

The four recognized labs in China – Shenzhen, Shanghai, Taipei and Taichung – will provide independent safety testing and certification services for the U.S. market proving the products meet U.S. safety standards.

The two new standards, NFPA 496 (Purged and Pressurized Enclosures for Electrical Equipment) and UL698A (Standard for Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations) are essential for compliance as these standards are used to evaluate electrical equipment safety in explosive atmospheres, including flammable liquids, flammable gases, and explosive dust.

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In accordance with OSHA requirements, civil or industrial products used in the workplace in the U.S. are subject to NRTL certification to demonstrate compliance with workplace safety requirements. Third-party independent laboratories authorized by OSHA have the right to inspect the relevant products and issue corresponding product safety certificates after the products pass the test as a pass to enter the U.S. market.

OSHA staff examined TÜV Rheinland’s expansion application, conducted on-site assessments, and examined other pertinent information and found TÜV Rheinland meets the requirements for expansion of recognition for the four new sites in Greater China and the two additional testing standards.

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