On June 11, 2014 NAPIM attended OSHA’s public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 27th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held July 2 to 4, 2014 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 continues to consider options for adoption and inclusion in the HazCom standard for increased consistency/coordination with the GHS. Topics/working papers under consideration by OSHA can be viewed here.
The agenda and topics included changes to testing/classification of combustible dust and pyrophoric gases and labelling of small packages.
In addition, OSHA is continuing to work with Canadian health and safety officials through a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate WHMIS/GHS integration with OSHA HazCom.