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Representatives from 18 Alliances met on February 15, 2005, to discuss the development of hazard communication compliance assistance resources. The roundtable included an update from Jennifer Silk, the deputy director of Directorate of Standards and Guidance, on OSHA's Hazard Communication Initiative. The group then identified specific hazard communication issues to discuss further and broke into workgroups to identify outreach and compliance assistance projects they would be interested in working on together.

As a result of the meeting, the attendees agreed to work together to address several issues:
  • Hazard Communication Awareness and Training
  • Developing Model MSDSs
  • Promoting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
As an outcome of the roundtable, the GHS workgroup was established. The group met to discuss developing compliance assistance tools and other resources

Representatives from the following Alliance Program participants attended the meeting:
  • Airline Industry
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Association for High Technology Distribution
  • Building Service Contractors Association International
  • Club Managers Association of America
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • Graphic Arts Coalition
  • Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
  • National Air Transportation Association - Airline Services Council
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
  • Reactives
  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
  • Society of the Plastics Industry
  • Steel Group
  • The Dow Chemical Company
 
Alliance Program participant representatives with Special Assistant Kim Lazor at the February 15, 2005, Hazard Communication Alliance Roundtable
Alliance Program participant representatives with Chief of Staff Kim Lazor at the
February 15, 2005, Hazard Communication Alliance Roundtable

Promoting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup, August 1, 2005

The Promoting the GHS Workgroup met on August 1, 2005 to discuss the development and distribution of resources to promote the GHS to small business in anticipation of OSHA's revising its hazard communication standard (HCS) to adopt the GHS. As a result of the meeting, the workgroup identified the need for developing the following four publications:
  • an overview of the benefits of the GHS and explanation of why OSHA is adopting it
  • a frequently asked questions document that explains the GHS's impact
  • a side-by-side comparison of OSHA's existing HCS and the GHS
  • examples comparing chemical container labels and material safety data sheets prepared under OSHA's HCS and the GHS
Representatives from the following Alliances are participating on the Promoting the GHS workgroup:
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Foundry Society
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Association for High Technology Distribution
  • Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management Alliance
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • Graphic Arts Coalition
  • Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
  • National Air Transportation Association Airlines Services Council
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
  • Society of the Plastics Industry
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Promoting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup, October 25, 2006

The Promoting the GHS Workgroup met on October 25, 2006 to discuss the compliance assistance elements of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that was published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2006 announcing OSHA's intention to adopt the GHS as part of the Agency's hazard communication standard.

During the meeting, the Workgroup participants identified compliance assistance tools and products to educate the public, particularly small businesses, about the GHS. They also provided recommendations on the target audiences, subjects and formats of and methods for distributing the information. Meeting participants included safety and health professionals from trade and professional associations, government agencies and corporations.

Representatives from the following Alliances attended the Promoting the GHS Workgroup meeting:
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Foundry Society
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management
  • Club Managers Association of America
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Graphic Arts Coalition
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
  • ISSA
  • International Warehouse Logistics Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Shooting Ranges and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute
  • Shipbuilders Council of America
  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
  • The Steel Group