OSHA Report on Dec. 2016 Meeting of UN Sub-committee of Experts on the GHS and RCC Webinar Update

UN Sub-committee of Experts on the GHS:  December 2016 Meeting Report

The Sub-committee met from December 7-9, 2016.  I have attached the report and provided links to the report, and working and informal papers below for your use.  There were a number of topics discussed that you may find of interest.  They are:

  • Summary of amendments adopted during the 2015-2016 biennium
  • Program of work for the 2017-2018 biennium, including
    • Continued Discussions on the Manual of Tests and Criteria and GHS Explosives Chapter 2.1 [Explosives]
    • Practical Classification Issues
    • Nanomaterials
    • Chemicals under Pressure [new]
    • Non-animal Testing
    • Labelling of Small Packages
    • Global Classification List
    • Dust Explosion Hazards
    • Annexes 1 to 3
  • Adopted the proposed changes to the flammable gases hazard category
  • Changes to Annex 4 to address issues identified by International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Working Group Meetings and Discussions included:

  • Continued Discussions on the Manual of Tests and Criteria and GHS Explosives Chapter 2.1 [Explosives]
  • Practical Classification Issues
  • Labelling of Small Packages
  • Global Classification List
  • Dust Explosion Hazards
  • Annexes 1 to 3

December 2016 Meeting Report:  http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2016/dgac10c4/ST-SG-AC10-C4-64e.pdf

Working papers for 32nd Session:  http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42016.html

Informal Papers for 32nd Session:  http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf32.html

Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Webinar Update

U.S. OSHA and Health Canada proposed to hold a Webinar on March 1, 2017.  However, with the recent change in U.S. Administration, U.S. OSHA is in a state of transition.  The Webinar is being postponed until the new leadership is installed and briefed.