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Provisional agenda for the 33rd 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)

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

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Joint Public meeting Notice: Preparations for the 33rd 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 Tuesday, June 20, 2017, OSHA will conduct a public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 33rd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held July 10 through July 12, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) 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 Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting (See Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0037 Notice No. 2017-02) to discuss proposals in preparation for the 51st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) to be held July 3 to July 7, 2017, in 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: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ADDRESSES:  Both meetings will be held at the DOT Headquarters Conference Center, West Building, Conference Rooms 8, 9 and 10, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20590.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS: PHMSA public meeting: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT, Conference Rooms 8, 9 and 10. OSHA public meeting: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Conference Rooms 8, 9 and 10.

ADVANCED MEETING REGISTRATION: The DOT requests that attendees pre-register for these meetings by completing the form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STXPWNX.

Failure to pre-register may delay your access into the DOT Headquarters building. Additionally, if you are attending in-person, arrive early to allow time for security checks necessary to access the building.

Conference call-in and "live meeting" capability will be provided for both meetings.

Meeting Conference Call-in information:     Call-in number: 888-675-2535     Access code: 3614708

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: ruskin.maureen@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
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.

General topics on the agenda include:

  • 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 33rd session of the UNSCEGHS are located at:
https://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42017.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 33nd session of the UNSCEGHS are located at:
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf32.html.

In addition to participating at the Public meeting, interested parties may submit comments on the Working and Informal Papers for the 33rd 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.

The PHMSA Meeting: The Federal Register notice and additional detailed information relating to PHMSA's public meeting will be available upon publication at: http://www.regulations.gov (Docket No.PHMSA-2017-0037, Notice No. 2017-02), and on the PHMSA Web site at: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international.

PHMSA will host the meeting to gain input from the public concerning proposals submitted to the UNSCETDG for the 21st Revised Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, which may be implemented into relevant domestic, regional, and international regulations from January 1, 2021. During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting input relative to preparing for the 51th session of the UNSCE TDG as well as potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda.

Copies of working documents, informal documents, and the meeting agenda may be obtained from the United Nations Transport Division's website at:
https://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c32017.html.
http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/danger.html.

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.

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