Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Subject: Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (Workplace Hazards) – Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Webinar on Development of 2016-17 Work Plan

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 workplace hazard communication regulations in Canada and the U.S. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2013, promoting ongoing collaboration on the implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) updates. Building on the work under the Canada-U.S. RCC Joint Forward Plan, both jurisdictions published a Regulatory Partnership Statement (RPS) and a Work Plan for Workplace Chemicals in May 2015.

We are now entering a new work planning cycle. Initial discussions were held in the U.S. in November 2015 (U.S. OSHA Public Meeting) and in Canada in December 2015 (Current Issues Committee). To further these discussions, in support of RCC commitments, including development of the 2016-17 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan, Health Canada and U.S. OSHA government representatives will be hosting a webinar for interested stakeholders on March 3, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EST). 

The purpose of the webinar will be to obtain stakeholder feedback on areas of opportunity for regulatory alignment, to share information on our respective sectors, and to obtain feedback on the draft 2016-17 work plan. The goal is to produce a work plan ready for final release at the end of June 2016.  U.S. OSHA has created a docket to capture both U.S. and Canadian stakeholder comments on the work plan.  Please visit the Regulatory Cooperation Council tab on the Hazard Communication website to view the work plan and provide your comments. 

To facilitate our discussions, we have developed the following questions and we ask that you consider these, as well as the draft work plan, in preparation for the webinar.

  1. With regard to implementation of the GHS in Canada and the U.S. and based on the draft work plan provided, are there other areas you would like to see included in the work plan?
  2. What are the key issues you or your organization have experienced while implementing GHS?
    1. With GHS being implemented in Canada and the U.S., what are the key challenges that you or your organization face from a health and safety, compliance and/or trade perspective?
    2. What are the issues you or your organization are experiencing when developing safety data sheets and/or labels?
  3. What additional tools do you or your organization need to support GHS implementation?   

If you wish to participate in the webinar, please use the following information and instructions:

Meeting Number: 749 259 916
Meeting Password: Welcome!25

To join the online meeting:

  1. Go to:  https://dolevents.webex.com/dolevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9b61ecdba78b1d1411e2660caef40810
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Welcome!25
  4. Click "Join".


To join the teleconference only


Call-in toll-free number (Verizon): 1 888-810-5906 (U.S. & Canada)

Call-in number (Verizon): 1-773-756-4805 (U.S. & Canada)

There is no limit to the number of participants who will be able to join the webinar; however, we encourage you to join a few minutes early so that the webinar can start promptly at 2:00 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).  For the full invitation, containing both the English and French translation, please visit the International/GHS docket (OSHA-2016-0005).

We look forward to hearing from you,

Daniel Wolfish
Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau
Health Canada


Maureen Ruskin
Deputy Director
Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Guidance for Submitting Written Comments
Draft 2016-2017 RCC Work Plan for Workplace Chemicals (Docket No. OSHA-2016-0005)

Electronically: Please submit your comments and attachments electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the federal e-Rulemaking portal. Follow the instructions online for making electronic submissions. When uploading multiple attachments into the portal, please number all of your attachments because the site will not automatically number them. This will be very useful in identifying all attachments. For example, Attachment 1—title of document, Attachment 2—title of document, Attachment 3—title of document, etc.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number (Docket No. OSHA-2016-0005). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates.

Accessing the Docket: To read or download comments and materials submitted in response to this guidance document, go to Docket No. OSHA-2016-0005 at www.regulations.gov, or to the OSHA Docket Office at U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–2350. All comments and submissions are listed in the regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download from the website. All comments and submissions are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Electronic copies of this guidance document are available at www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as news releases and other relevant information, is also available on OSHA's website at www.osha.gov.

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