On June 12, Nicholas Georges, Director, Scientific Affairs, HCPA, attended two public meetings. The first was hosted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) to discuss proposals in preparation for work with the UN on the regulation of the transport of “dangerous” goods, including classifications and exemptions. These standards apply to a wide variety of household and commercial products and will be discussed at the 53rd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG).
The second meeting was hosted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss precautionary information and warning labels for a wide range of commercial products. The group met to prepare for the upcoming work on the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) by the 35th Session of GHS UN Sub-Committee of Experts.
Of note, during the OSHA public meeting, Maureen Ruskin, Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, was asked about the updating of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and responded that OSHA is preparing their proposed update to mirror the seventh revised edition of the UN GHS; however, since the eighth GHS revision will be released sooner, they are considering using the eighth revision instead.