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• Publication Date: 05/22/2013
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 78: 30393-30394
• Title: 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)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30393-30394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-12193]


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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 
(UNSCEGHS)

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.

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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 
meeting.


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 
building.
    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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3age.html.
    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 
regulations
 Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of 
Chemicals (GHS)

    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 
http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2012/dgac10c4/ST-SG-AC10-C4-48e.pdf 
and http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2012/dgac10c4/ST-SG-AC10-C4-48a1e.pdf.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2013.
Magdy El-Sibaie,
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-12193 Filed 5-21-13; 8:45 am]
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