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||Preparations for the 43rd Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) and the 25th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 99 (Wednesday, May 22, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-12193]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
[Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0090; Notice No. 13-04]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Preparations for the 43rd Session of the United Nations Sub-
Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG)
and the 25th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally
Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA),
Department of Transportation, and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA and
OSHA will conduct a joint public meeting in preparation for United
Nations meetings being held in Geneva, Switzerland, this summer. PHMSA
is hosting the morning portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in
preparation for the 43rd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of
Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held
June 24 to 28, 2013, in Geneva. During this meeting, PHMSA is also
soliciting comments relative to potential new work items which may be
considered for inclusion in its international agenda. OSHA is hosting
the afternoon portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in
preparation for the 25th 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 1 to 3, 2013, in
Geneva. OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency 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
DATES: Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
PHMSA Session: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
OSHA Session: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters, West
Building, Conference Rooms 8-10, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20590.
Registration: It is requested that attendees pre-register for this
meeting by completing the form at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international.
Attendees may pre-register for the morning PHMSA
session, the afternoon OSHA session, or both sessions of the meeting.
Failure to pre-register may delay your access to the building.
Participants attending in person are encouraged to arrive early to
allow time for security checks necessary to obtain access to the
Conference call-in and "live meeting" capability will be provided
for this meeting. Specific information on call-in and live meeting
access will be posted when available at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/
international and at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent Babich or Kevin Leary, Office
of Hazardous Materials Safety, International Standards, Department of
Transportation, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-8553. You may
also contact Maureen Ruskin, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, OSHA,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Washington,
DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1950.
Copies of this Federal Register notice can be obtained as follows:
Electronic copies are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This
Federal Register notice, as well as other relevant information, is
available also on the OSHA Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
I. PHMSA Public Meeting (June 12, 2013; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon)
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to prepare for the 43rd
session of the UNSCOE TDG. The 43rd session of the UNSCOE TDG is the
first meeting scheduled for the 2013-2014 biennium. The UNSCOE will
consider proposals for the 19th Revised Edition of the United Nations
Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations
which will be implemented within relevant domestic, regional, and
international regulations from January 1, 2017. Copies of working
documents, informal documents, and the meeting agenda may be obtained
from the United Nations Transport Division's Web site at
General topics on the agenda for the UNSCOE TDG meeting include:
Explosives and related matters
Listing, classification and packing
Electric storage systems
Transport of gases
Miscellaneous proposals of amendments to the Model Regulations
Electronic data interchange for documentation purposes
Cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Global harmonization of transport of dangerous goods
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of
Following the 43rd session of the UNSCOE TDG, a copy of the Sub-
Committee's report will be available at the United Nations Transport
Division's Web site at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3rep.html.
PHMSA's site at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international
provides additional information regarding the UNSCOE TDG
and related matters.
II. OSHA Public Meeting (June 12, 2013; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
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.
Interested stakeholders may also provide input on issues related to
OSHA's activities in the U.S.--Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council
(RCC) at the meeting. The public is invited to attend and is requested
to pre-register for the meeting by following the instructions provided
in the "REGISTRATION" section of this notice.
General topics on the agenda include:
Review of Working papers
Review of 2013-2014 Program of work
Working 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 Web site located at the following web address: http://www.unece.org/trans/welcome.html.
The UNSCEGHS bases its decisions on
Working Papers. The Working Papers for the 25th session of the UNSCEGHS
are located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42013.html.
Informal Papers submitted to the UNSCEGHS are used either
as a mechanism to provide information to the subcommittee or as the
basis for future Working Papers. Informal Papers for the 25th session
of the UNSCEGHS are located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf25.html.
The program of work for the 2013-2014 biennium is
presented in the Report of the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally
Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals on its
twenty-fourth session and its addendum located at
Issued in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2013.
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-12193 Filed 5-21-13; 8:45 am]
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