Provisional agenda for the 39th session
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Sub-committee of Experts on the GHS
United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
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Joint Public meeting Notice: Preparations for the 39th session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)
Summary: This notice is to advise interested persons that on Wednesday June 24, 2020, OSHA will conduct a virtual public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 39th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held in early July of 2020, virtually from Geneva, Switzerland. OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Coordinating Group, plans to consider the comments and information gathered at this public meeting when developing the U.S. Government positions for the UNSCEGHS meeting. OSHA also will give an update on the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).
Also on Wednesday June 24, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a virtual public meeting (See 84 FR 11865, 2019-05892) to discuss proposals in preparation for the 58th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCE TDG) to be held Late June 2020, from Geneva, Switzerland. During this meeting, PHMSA is also requesting comments relative to potential new work items that may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda. PHMSA will also provide an update on recent actions to enhance transparency and stakeholder interaction through improvements to the international standards portion of its website.
DATES and TIMES: The PHMSA public meeting will be held on Wednesday June 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., ET. The OSHA public meeting will be held June 24, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., ET.
ADDRESSES: Both meetings will be held virtually hosted from the DOT Headquarters. This meeting will be held by conference call/Skype. There will not be an in-person meeting at DOT HQ.
TIMES AND LOCATIONS: PHMSA public meeting: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT, virtually, OSHA public meeting: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, virtually.
ADVANCED MEETING REGISTRATION: The DOT requests that attendees pre-register for these meetings. Please register for the meeting here.
Written Comments: Interested parties may submit comments by June 11, 2020, on the Working and Informal Papers for the 39th session of the UNSCEGHS to the docket established for International/Globally Harmonized System (GHS) efforts at: http://www.regulations.gov, Docket No. OSHA-2016-0005.
Attendees may use the same form to pre-register for both meetings.
Conference call-in and "Skype meeting" capability will be provided for both meetings.
Access Code: 1684576
Information on how to access the conference call and "Skype meeting" will be posted when available at: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/international-program/international-program-overview under Upcoming Events. This information will also be posted on OSHA's Hazard Communication website on the international tab at: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/hazcom_international.html#meeting-notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: At the Department of Transportation: Please contact Mr. Steven Webb or Mr. Aaron Wiener, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590, telephone: (202) 366-8553.
At the Department of Labor: Please contact Ms. Maureen Ruskin, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Washington DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-1950, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OSHA Meeting
OSHA is hosting an open informal public meeting of the U.S. Interagency GHS Coordinating Group to provide interested groups and individuals with an update on GHS-related issues and an opportunity to express their views orally and in writing for consideration in developing U.S. Government positions for the upcoming UNSCEGHS meeting.
- Review of working papers
- Correspondence group updates
- Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) update
Information on the work of the UNSCEGHS including meeting agendas, reports, and documents from previous sessions can be found on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Transport Division website located at the following web address: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ghs_welcome_e.html.
The UNSCEGHS bases its decisions on Working Papers. The Working Papers for the 39th session of the UNSCEGHS are located at: https://www.unece.org/fr/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42020.html.
Informal Papers submitted to the UNSCEGHS provide information for the Sub-Committee and are used either as a mechanism to provide information to the Sub-Committee or as the basis for future Working Papers. Informal Papers for the 39th session of the UNSCEGHS are located at: https://www.unece.org/fr/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf39.html.
The PHMSA Meeting
For information on the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting (see Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0224; Notice No. 2020-02) to discuss proposals in preparation for the 58th and 59th sessions of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCE TDG).
For each of these meetings, OSHA and PHMSA will solicit public input on U.S. government positions regarding proposals submitted by member countries in advance of each meeting.
During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting input relative to preparing for the 57th session of the UNSCE TDG as well as potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda. Following the 57th session of the UNSCE TDG, a copy of the Sub-Committee's report will be available at the UN Transport Division's website located at: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3rep.html.
Additional information regarding the UNSCE TDG and related matters can be found on PHMSA's website at: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/international-program/international-program-overview.
Regulatory Cooperation Council
On June 19, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of the Department of Health of Canada (HECS). Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA signed the partnership agreement with Suzy McDonald, Director General, Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate, HECS. The MOU allows OSHA and HECS to collaborate on implementing the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in their respective jurisdictions, and continue to coordinate efforts in any future developments of the GHS.
Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA explained that "through GHS and now this MOU, OSHA and Health-Canada have forged a relationship to jointly provide concise information to protect those exposed to hazardous chemicals." Under the agreement, OSHA and HECS will establish a working group to reduce systematic barriers between the U.S. and Canadian systems responsible for occupational safety and health of workplace chemicals, and collaborate to reach common positions for the United Nations' Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS about proposed updates to the system, among other goals.
On May 28th, 2015, OSHA announced that it will continue its partnership with Health Canada to align the United States and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding labelling and classification requirements for workplace chemicals through the Regulatory Cooperation Council. For more details, please see the press release.
The Joint Plan Forward provides a framework to foster U.S. and Canada's long-term relationship. As part of the Joint Plan Forward, OSHA and Health Canada worked closely to develop a Regulatory Partnership Statement (RPS) and a Work Plan in which stakeholders were consulted. The meaningful involvement of stakeholders is a critical part of assisting OSHA and Health Canada's continued cooperation. OSHA and Health Canada will continue to seek stakeholder input on a regular basis, including the annual update of the Work Plan.
To view the latest Regulatory Partnership Statement and 2016-2017 Work Plan for chemical labeling, as well as all the other initiatives under the RCC, please, visit the Department of Commerce website.
Health Canada and U.S. OSHA government representatives will be hosting a RCC webinar for interested stakeholders on June 28th, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 P.M. (EST). For more information, click here.
Subject: Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Webinar to Provide an Update on the 2016-17 Work Plan for Workplace Chemicals
As you may be aware, under the Canada-United States (U.S.) Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Action Plan, Health Canada and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (U.S. OSHA) have been collaborating to align hazard communication regulations for workplace chemicals in Canada and the U.S. In 2016, Health Canada and U.S. OSHA published an updated work plan to address workplace chemicals. You can view it on the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council website.
One of the items on the work plan is the hosting of a joint Canada/U.S. stakeholder meeting to discuss future updates to regulations. Therefore, Health Canada and U.S. OSHA government representatives will be hosting a webinar for interested stakeholders on June 28th, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 P.M. (EST). The webinar will be in English.
The purpose of this webinar is to provide an update on the current RCC Work Plan deliverables and anticipated future guidance work. We also plan to provide an update on issues related to regulatory activities to align with the most recent version of the GHS Purple Book and to improve and maintain alignment between Canada and the United States.
If you wish to participate in the webinar, please use the following information and instructions:
Conference number: PW4215051
Participant passcode: 3535510
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- Access the URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
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Call-in toll-free number: 1-800-857-9638 (U.S. & Canada)
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We have set a 300-participant limit to the number of participants who will be able to join the webinar; therefore, we encourage you to join a few minutes early so that the webinar can start promptly at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in participating in this webinar. During the webinar, you will be able to send questions using the whiteboard (chat area). Once the presentation is complete, Health Canada and U.S. OSHA will answer the questions presented, and time permitting, will open the lines to entertain others.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau
Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Occupational Safety and Health Administration