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Accession Number PB2013-103212
Title Product Safety Laboratories: OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 45p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract American workers interact with many types of products that could pose risks to their safety. The NRTL program, administered by OSHA, works to support employers and workers by establishing a process for safety-testing certain equipment and other products for use in the U.S. workplace. Under this program, which is supported by user fees, OSHA accredits third-party labs as NRTLs, which then determine whether certain types of products meet safety standards. Because the availability of NRTLs is essential to ensuring that employers have timely access to products that meet safety standards, GAO was asked to examine (1) how long it takes to make accreditation decisions and the key factors that affect timeliness, and (2) the extent to which OSHA has adopted commonly used strategies for improving timeliness. GAO reviewed relevant documents and data from OSHA; interviewed OSHA officials, other NRTL stakeholders, and officials from four federal agencies that administer accreditation programs for other purposes; and reviewed information on strategies for improving timeliness from past GAO reports and other sources.
Keywords Employers
Safety laboratories
Safety testing
Testing equipment

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
41I - Job Environment
44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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