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||Preparations for the 44th Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) and the 26th 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 220 (Thursday, November 14, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27235]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0237, Notice No. 13-17]
Preparations for the 44th Session of the United Nations Sub-
Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE
TDG) and the 26th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of
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. PHMSA is hosting
the morning portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in preparation
for the 44th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on
the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held November 25 to
December 4, 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 26th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of
Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held December 4 to 6, 2013, in
Geneva. 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.
DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The
PHMSA Session will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; while the OSHA
Session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters, West
Building, Conference Room 7, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC
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, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
Room N-3178, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 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 (November 19, 2013; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon)
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to prepare for the 44th
session of the UNSCOE TDG. The 44th session of the UNSCOE TDG is the
second of four meetings 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:
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 Labeling of
Following the 44th 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 (November 19, 2013; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 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
Review of Working papers
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 26th session of the UNSCEGHS
are located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42013.html.
Informal Papers submitted to the UNSCEGHS provide information for
the subcommittee and are used either as a mechanism to provide
information to the subcommittee or as the basis for future Working
Papers. Informal Papers for the 26th session of the UNSCEGHS are
located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf26.html.
III. Authority and Signature
Magdy El-Sibaie, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials
Safety directed the preparation of this notice.
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 7, 2013.
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this
notice under the authority granted by the Secretary of Labor's Order
No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012).
Signed at Washington, DC, on October 29, 2013.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-27235 Filed 11-13-13; 8:45 am]
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