OSHA PHMSA seek input ahead of UN meeting on GHS, transport of hazardous goods

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OSHA UN meeting GHS

Washington — OSHA has scheduled a virtual public meeting for June 15 in advance of the 42nd session of the United Nations UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System GHS of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

In a notice published in the May 31 Federal Register, OSHA requests information and comments as the federal government prepares for the UNSCEGHS meeting – set for July 6-8 in Geneva, Switzerland.

OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (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.”

OSHA’s meeting will take place in conjunction with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s discussion of proposals ahead of the 60th session of the UN Sub-Committee on Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, set for June 27-July 6.

Comments must be submitted by July 5.

OSHA UN meeting on GHS

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NOTICE: ORM-D Marking Phase-out

First published by PHMSA.

After December 31, 2020, hazmat shippers will no longer be able to use the ORM-D Consumer Commodity marking on packages containing limited quantities of low risk hazardous materials. Packages must be marked with the Limited Quantity marking in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 173.156.

PHMSA published a final rule in January 2011 that revised the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to align with various international standards regarding hazard communication, hazard classification including packing group assignment, packaging authorization, air transport quantity limitations, and other harmonization-related topics. This final rule specified the phase-out of the marking for limited quantity materials reclassed as “other regulated material” (ORM-D).

Federal Register Notice

What is ORM-D?

The ORM-D classification stands for Other Regulated Materials—Domestic and is used for materials that meet the DOT definition of a consumer commodity. A consumer commodity, as defined in § 171.8, is a material that is packaged and distributed in a form suitable for retail sale or consumption by individuals for purposes of personal care or household use.

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OSHA, PHMSA announce prep meetings for UN sessions on GHS, transport of hazardous goods


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Washington — OSHA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will host virtual public meetings June 24 in preparation for a pair of United Nations meetings.

Announced in the June 1 Federal Register, OSHA will gather comments and information ahead of the 39th session of the UN’s Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The sub-committee meeting has been rescheduled for Dec. 9-11, after being postponed from its originally slated dates of July 8-11.

OSHA’s preparatory meeting agenda includes a review of working papers and correspondence group updates, as well as an update on the Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Participants at the PHMSA meeting are expected to discuss proposals for the 57th session of the UN’s Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, now scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 in Switzerland. The agency is “requesting comments relative to potential new work items that may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda.” PHMSA also will provide updates on “recent actions.”

The PHMSA meeting is slated for 9 a.m. Eastern, followed by the OSHA meeting at 1 p.m.