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Hazmat Meeting to Focus on Alternative Classification Criteria for Corrosive Materials

Monday, May 11, 2015
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The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will hold a public meeting June 10 to discuss proposals in preparation for the 47th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which will be held June 22 to June 26 in Geneva.

The UNSCOE will consider proposals for the 20th revised edition of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, which may be implemented into relevant domestic, regional and international regulations from Jan. 1, 2019. General topics on the agenda for the UNSCOE meeting include explosives and related matters; listing, classification and packing; electric storage systems; transport of gases; global harmonization of transport of dangerous goods regulations with the Model Regulations; new proposals for amendments to the Model Regulations; and issues relating to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

PHMSA specifically solicits comments relative to efforts by the TDG and GHS subcommittees relevant to enhancing recognition of additional Class 8 (corrosive) classification assessment methods that are currently included within the GHS but not within the UN Model Regulations for Transport. PHMSA is also soliciting comments relative to potential new work items that may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda as well as feedback on issues that it may put forward for consideration by the TDG subcommittee, such as enhanced recognition of alternative test methods relevant to the classification of corrosive materials.

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