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Preparations for the 32nd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)

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AGENCY:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor.

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY:

This notice is to advise interested persons that on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, OSHA will conduct a public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 32nd session of the Start Printed Page 74817United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held December 7 through December 9, 2016 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, November 15, 2016, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting (See Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0114 Notice No. 16-19) to discuss proposals in preparation for the 50th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCE TDG) to be held November 27 to December 6, 2016, 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 Web site.

DATES:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

Both meetings will be held at the DOT Headquarters Conference Center, West Building, Oklahoma City Conference Room, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

Times and Locations: PHMSA public meeting: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT, Oklahoma City Conference Room, OSHA public meeting: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Oklahoma City Conference Room

Advanced Meeting Registration: The DOT requests that attendees pre-register for these meetings by completing the form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/​r/​CRPK2YY. 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.

Specific information on call-in and live meeting access will be posted when available at: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/​hazmat/​regs/​international under Upcoming Events. This information will also be posted on OSHA's Hazard Communication Web site on the international tab at: https://www.osha.gov/​dsg/​hazcom/​hazcom_​international.html#meeting-notice.

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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.

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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 Web site 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 32nd session of the UNSCEGHS are located at: http://www.unece.org/​trans/​main/​dgdb/​dgsubc4/​c42016.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 32nd 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 32nd 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-2016-0114, Notice No. 16-19), 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 UNSCOE TDG for the 20th 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, 2019. During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting input relative to preparing for the 50th 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 Web site at: http://www.unece.org/​trans/​danger/​danger.html.

Authority and Signature: This document was prepared under the direction of David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, pursuant to sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657), and Secretary's Order 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), (Jan. 25, 2012).

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Signed at Washington, DC, on October 24, 2016.

David Michaels,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2016-26002 Filed 10-26-16; 8:45 am]

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