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2/5/2020

UN: Calendar

  • Added a link to EPP/CIE meeting notice #2 .  This notice provides updates on meeting venue, registration fee, and changes in meeting organizers.  A registration form is included and should be completred and submitted by those who have not previously registered. The EPP/CIE meeting is open to those IME members that wish to participate.  Please see notice #2 if you are interested in attending.  Click here for details.
  • Next event is the IME Spring Meeting in March 2020.  Click here for details.

1/13/2020

UN: Publications

At its ninth session (7 December 2018), the Committee adopted a set of amendments to the sixth revised edition of the Manual as amended by Amendment 1.  These amendments, include, inter alia:
  • A full review of the text of the Manual to facilitate its use in the context of the GHS;
  • A new test under test series 8, to determine the sensitiveness of a candidate ammonium nitrate emulsion or suspension or gel, intermediate for blasting explosive, to the effect of intense localised thermal ignition under high confinement (sub-section 18.8);
  • New provisions addressing classification of polymerizing substances for transport;
  • Stability tests for nitrocellulose mixtures (new Appendix 10); and
  • A compilation of classification results on industrial nitrocellulose in accordance with Chapter 2.17 of the GHS which can be used for the classification of industrial nitrocellulose based products (new Appendix 11).

In addition, noting that the work to facilitate the use of the Manual in the context of the GHS had been completed, the Committee considered that the reference to the "Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods" in the title of the Manual was no longer appropriate, and decided that from now on, the Manual should be entitled "Manual of Tests and Criteria".

http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/manual/rev7/manrev7-files_e.html


1/2/2020

UN: Calendar

  • Added a link to EPP/CIE meeting notice #1 (dated 12/30/2019).  This notice provides a registration form for the EPP/CIE meeting that will be held on April 22 - 24, 2020 in Madrid. The EPP/CIE meeting is open to those IME members that wish to participate.  Please see notice #1 if you are interested in attending.  Click here for details.
  • Next event is the IME Spring Meeting in March 2020.  Click here for details.

12/20/2019

UN Home Page

  • In the "UN Program Description" section, updated the PowerPoint presentation describing IME's UN Program.  The current version is dated 12/20/2019.
  • In the "UN Program Guidelines" section, updated "IME's UN Program Overview".  This document provides a detailed overview of the work of the IME's UN program, meetings attended, other duties, and time commitments.
These updates related to a change in the title of IME's consultant from "UN Consultant" to "Advisor to IME on Matters Related to the UN"

12/17/2019

UN: Projects

Updated the document summary (all working papers and INF papers related to the review).  Papers from the 38th GHS have been added.  See the GHS Chapter 2.1 (Explosives) Review section for details.
 


12/14/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Deleted 2019 Calendar (no further events scheduled)
  • Next event is the IME Spring Meeting in March 2020.  Click here for details.

12/11/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Next event is the 38th UN GHS session.

Click here for details.

UN: Reports

  • Added the day 5 report (last day) to theTDG 56th Session (winter) daily reports (provided by COSTHA.
  • The daily report now contains highlights throughout to bring attention to subjects that may be of interest to IME members.  In addition, comments have been added by the IME UN consultant to a few specific items.
See the Reports on UN Activity Section.
 

12/10/2019

UN: Reports

  • Added the day 4 report to the TDG 56th Session (winter) daily reports (provided by COSTHA

See the Reports on UN Activity Section.


12/6/2019

UN: Reports

Posted a links to:

  • TDG 56th Session (winter) daily reports (provided by COSTHA
  • TDG 55th Session (summer) daily reports
  • 55th TDG/37th IME document summary

See the Reports on UN Activity Section.


12/5/2019

UN: Projects

Updated GHS Chapter 2.1 (Explosives) Review project.  Current status is discussed.  Also available are the following documents:
  • Document summary (all working papers and INF papers related to the review)
  • Near final draft of the revised chapter 2.1 for discussion at the 38th GHS (next week)
  • Status report discussing achievements, issues, and plans for the further for discussion at the 38th GHS
  • Provisional agenda for an Chapter 2.1 Review ICG meeting that well be held next week to hopefully gain acceptance fo the near final draft and resolve any outstanding issues.

11/30/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Next events are 56th UN TDG and 38th UN GHS sessions.
  • Updated dates of 56th UN TDG session.

Click here for details.


11/8/2019

UN: Calendar

Added call-in and Skype link deatils for the PHMSA and OSHA sponsored public meetings to be held on 11/12/2019.  The meetings will be used to discuss documents related to the 56th TDG and 38th GHS meetings that well be held at the UN in December..  Click here for details.


11/6/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Added a link to the (OSHA-issued) Federal Register Notice regarding the PHMSA and OSHA sponsored public meetings to be heldo on 11/12/2019.  The meetings will be used to discuss documents related to the 56th TDG and 38th GHS meetings that well be held at the UN in December..  Click here for details.
UN: Sessions

10/30/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Added supplemental info related to dates for IGUS EOS and EPP/CIE meeting in April 2020.  Click here for details.

10/25/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Next events are the pre-UN meetings hosted by DOT (for TDG) and OHSA (for GHS) on 11/12/2019.  Click here for details.

10/15/2019

UN: Publications

  • 2019 version of the GHS purple book is now available.

10/8/2019

UN: Publications

  • 2019 version of Model Regulations (21st Rev) is available.

922/2019

UN Home Page

In the "UN Program Guidelines" section, updated "IME's UN Program Overview".  This document provides a detailed overview of the work of the IME's UN program, meetings attended, other duties, and time commitments.


9/17/2019 (Corrected 9/18/2019)

UN: Reports

Posted a link to the 2019 IME Annual Meeting Report in the IME Meeting Reports Section


9/5/2019

UN Home Page

In the "UN Program Description" section, updated the PowerPoint presentation describing IME's UN Program.  The current version is dated 9/5/2019.


8/21/2019

UN: Calendar


7/10/2019

UN: Sessions

  • In the "TDG/GHS Document Review" subsection of the IME Reports section, added a link to the final verison of the document summary.  The summary now includes notations of outcomes (where applicable) of EWG, TDG, ICG, and GHS discussions.  Added new discussions of documents under:
    • TDG Agenda item 2 -- INF.55 (the EWG report)
    • TDG Agenda item 2(h) -- INF.56 (reporting on the informal EWG/ICG discussions)
    • TDG Agenda item 6(e)  -- 2019/22 and INF.4 (concerning the terms "hazard" and "risk")
    • TDG Agenda item 10(a) -- 2019/20 and INF.44 (concerning testing of oxidizing substances)
    • GHS Agenda item 2(b) -- INF.26 reporting on the outcome of the GHS 2.1 review ICG meeting that took place on day 1 of the 37th GHS session.
  • Moved the link for the EWG report (INF.55) to the "Post-meeting documents" subsection of the UN Documents for this Session/55th Session TDG section.

7/6/2019

UN: Sessions

Added a link to the list of participants for the 37th GHS session.  IME appears on page 17.  See the "37th Session GHS" subsection of the UN Documents for this session section of the UN: Sessions page.


7/5/2019

UN: Calendar

Next event is the 37th Session of the UN GHS..


UN: Sessions

Added links to the daily reports for days 1 - 5 of the 55th TDG session and to the explosives working group report (INF.55).


See the EWG meeting reports subsection of the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
 


6/27/2019

UN: Sessions

Added a link to the participant list for the 55th TDG Session.    IME's listing can be found on pp. 27 - 28.

See the UN Documents for this Session section of the UN: Sessions page.
 


6/25/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  The following document summary has been added:

  • Agenda Item 2(j):  UN/SCETDG/55/INF.35 - UN/SCEGHS/37/INF.14 - (SAAMI) Clarifications to the scope of the class of explosives

See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
 


6/21/2019

UN: Calendar

Next events are the 55th Session of the UN TDG and 37th Session of the UN GHS
 
UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  The following document summary has been added:

  • Agenda Item 2(l):  UN/SCETDG/55/INF.33 - (Germany) Classification of a pyrotechnic article “Aquaflame”

See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
 


6/15/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  The following document has been added to the summary:

  • Agenda Item 2(b):  UN/SCETDG/55/INF.27 - (IME) Recommendations on Test Series 8: Applicability of Test Series 8 (d)

See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
 


6/14/2019

UN: Sessions

IME's proposal regarding waiver of Test 8(d) if Test 8(e) has been passed has been published as INF.27 on the UN's 55th Session TDG INF webpage. .
 
See the IME Documents for this Session section of the UN: Sessions page..
 

6/13/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  The 6/13/2019 edition is post-IME UN/GHS web conference (conducted on 6/13/2019) and indicates approval status of all IME positions.  No new reviews have been added since the previous edition.
 
See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
 

6/12/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  IME comments in the following reviews have been revised:
  • Agenda Item 2(h):  UN/SCETDG/55/INF.19 - UN/SCEGHS/37/INF.8 - (USA, IME, SAAMI) Explosives classification in GHS Chapter 2.1
  • Agenda Item 2(h):  UN/SCETDG/55/INF.20 - UN/SCEGHS/37/INF.9 - (Sweden) Possible hazard communication elements for the classifications of the potential new GHS Chapter 2.1

See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.


6/7/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  IME comments in the following reviews have been revised:
  • Agenda Item 2(a):  ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/2019/11 - (SAAMI) Review of the criteria of Test 6 (d)
  • Agenda Item 2(c):  ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/2019/12 - (SAAMI) Aligning the assessment with the purpose of Test Series 4(b)(ii)
See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.

6/4/2019

UN: Reports

Posted a link to the report on the 2019 EPP/CIE report that was conducted in April in Namibia.  See the EPP/CIE Reports section.


5/29/2019

UN: Sessions

Updated the 55th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  A review of "UN/SCETDG/53/INF.12 - (Secretariat) Provisional timetable" has been added to the summary under TDG agenda item 1.  See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.

5/28/2019

UN: Sessions

  • Updated the 55th TDG/37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  A review of "UN/SCETDG/55/INF.10 - UN/SCEGHS/37/INF.6 - (Sweden) Amendments to the definition of explosive substance and definition of Class 1" has been added to the summary under TDG agenda item 2.(j).  See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.
  • In the UN Documents for this Session section of the UN: Sessions page:
    • Added link to the 55th TDG session working document list (ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/109/Add.1).
    • Added a link to the 37th GHS session working document list (ST/ST/AC.10/C.4/73/Add.1)
    • Added a link to the 37th GHS session provisional timetable (UN/SCEGHS/37/INF.5)

5/23/2019

UN: Calendar


5/8/2019

UN: Sessions


Added a link to the 56th TDG and 37th GHS document summary.  Reviews are provided only for those documents addressing explosives and related matters.  All working document reviews are complete.  Presently, there are no relevant INF documents.  See the IME Reports section of the UN: Sessions page.


4/26/2019

UN: Calendar

Official notification of the pre-UN meetings has been posted on PHMSA’s International Program Overview webpage at:  https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/international-program/international-program-overview. Registration is required and can be completed from the PHMSA webpage.The entry for the June "TDG & GHS pre-UN meetings" entry in the table on the UN: Calendar Page has been updated with appropriate hyperlinks to this information.
 

4/25/2019

UN: Calendar

PHMSA has confirmed that the pre-UN meetings will be conducted on 6/20/2019 at DOT headquarters. Formal announcement is pending.The entry from the June "TDG & GHS pre-UN meetings" entry in the table on the UN: Calendar Page has been updated to show meeting date as "6/20".


4/4/2019

UN: Sessions/Archives

At long last, added link to Add.2 of the the 9th Session TDG/GHS Committee Report (ST/SG/AC.10/46/Add.2).  Add.2 is a 71-page compilation of all amendments to the 9th Rev. of the Manual of Tests and Criteria (MTC) adopted during the 2017/2018 biennium that ended on December 31, 2019.  This completes the documentation of amendments, corrections, and additions adopted during the 2017/2018 biennium..

In Add.2, IME’s UN Consultant has highlighted and commented on all amendments in the 6th Rev. of the MTC that pertain to explosives and related items.  Each comment provides an indication of which session of the biennium the amendment was adopted and provides a reference to the appropriate EWG report.  Those amendments that are not annotated may be considered the output of the review of the MTC in the context of the GHS.  This is the larger part of the amendments shown in Add.2.


All amendments appearing in Add. 2 will be included in the 7th Rev. of the MTC that is expected to be available mid-2019.

See the "Post-meeting documents" sub-sub-section for the 9th TDG/GHS session in the "UN Documents for this Session" sub-section.


4/3/2019

UN: Reports

Posted a link to the 2019 IME Spring Meeting Report in the IME Meeting Reports Section.


3/28/2019

UN: Calendar

Added links to an advance notice regarding public meetings that PHMSA will hold in 2019 related to the summer and winter UN meetings.  This notice advises that the public meetings will be held approximately 2 weeks before the commencement of the summer and winter UN meetings.  See the two "TDG & GHS pre-UN meetings" entries in the table on the UN: Calendar Page.

3/19/2019

UN: Sessions/Archives

Added link to Add.3 of the the 9th Session TDG/GHS Committee Report (ST/SG/AC.10/46/Add.1).  Add.3 is a compilation of all amendments to the 7th Rev. of the GHS "Purple Book" adopted during the 2017/2018 biennium that ended on December 31, 2019.  Amendments to the test manual are still pending but will be found in Add.2 (test manual) once published.  Notification(s) will be posted here once those documents become available.

In Add.3, IME’s UN Consultant has highlighted and commented on all amendments in the 7th Rev. of the Purple Book that pertain to explosives and related items.  Each comment provides an indication of which session of the biennium the amendment was adopted and provides a reference to the appropriate EWG report and the appropriate GHS report (for those amendments recommended by the EWG and approved by the GHS).  The relevant amendments will be found on page 3 of Add.3.  It should be noted that, since Chapter 2.1 of the purple book is presently under review, the only amendment relative to explosives is the amendment to Figure 2.1.4 (the UN 3375 ANE classification flowchart) to add the recently added 8(e) MBP test to the test manual.

 

All amendments appearing in Add. 3 will be included in the 7th Rev. of the GHS Purple Book that is expected to be available mid-2019.

See the "Post-meeting documents" sub-sub-section for the 9th TDG/GHS session in the "UN Documents for this Session" sub-section.


3/15/2019

  • UN: Calendar
    • Next meeting is the IME Spring Meeting
  • UN: Sessions
    • Moved 2018 sessions information to the UN: Sessions/Archives page
    • Set up UN: Sessions page for 55th TDG and 37th GHS (2019 session information).  Currently available:
      • 55th TDG agenda,working document webpage, INF document webpage, and head of delegations report
      • 37th GHS agenda, working document webpage, INF document webpage, and head of delegations report
  • UN: Sessions/Archives
    • Added 2018 sessions information

3/12/2019

UN: Publications

  • 2019 versions of ADR and ADN are now available.

3/7/2019

UN: Calendar

  • Added links to agenda and conference registration for the 55thTDG session in Geneva July 1 - 5, 2019.  Note, you must be an approved member of IME's UN delegation to register.  For information, please see the "UN Program Guidelines" section on the IME UN Home Page.
  • Added links to agenda and conference registration for the 37th GHS session in Geneva July 8 - 10, 2019.  Note, you must be an approved member of IME's UN delegation to register.  For information, please see the "UN Program Guidelines" section on the IME UN Home Page.

UN: Sessions/Archives

Added a link to Add.1 of the 9th Session TDG/GHS Committee Report (ST/SG/AC.10/46/Add.1).  Add.1 is a compilation of all amendments to the 20th Rev. of the Model Regulations adopted during the 2017/2018 biennium that ended on December 31, 2019.  Amendments to the test manual and the GHS are still pending but will be found in Add.2 (test manual) and Add.3 (GHS) once published.  Notification(s) will be posted here once those documents become available.

In Add.1, IME’s UN Consultant has highlighted and commented on all amendments in the 20th Rev. of the Model Regulations that pertain to explosives and related items.  Each comment provides an indication of which session of the biennium the amendment was adopted and provides a reference to the appropriate EWG report (for those amendments recommended by the EWG) or the appropriate TDG report (for those amendments by the TDG sub-committee absent any EWG recommendation).  The relevant amendments will be found on pages 2, 4, and 7 – 11 of Add.1.  In addition to the highlighted explosives-related amendments, Add.1 also documents changes to requirements related to packaging, consignment, shipping papers, tanks, marking, labeling, etc.

All amendments appearing in Add. 1 will be included in the 21st Rev. of the Model Regulations that is expected to be available mid-2019.

See the "Post-meeting documents" sub-sub-section for the 9th TDG/GHS session in the "UN Documents for this Session" sub-section.


2/21/2019 (Updated 3/1/2019)

UN: Reports

(3/1/2019 -- updated section 3 (New test for UN 3375).  Added a new bullet indicating that SP 309 was also amended.)
Added a link to the 2017/2018 Biennium Recap report.  This report summarizes explosives-related actions adopted by the UN TDG and GHS subcommittees during the just completed biennium.  These changes are expected to be published in the 21st Rev. of the Model Regulations, 7th Rev. of the Manual of Tests and Criteria, and the 8th Rev. of the GHS Purple Book later this year.

See "Reports on UN Activity/2018" section.
2/1/2019

UN Home Page

In the "UN Program Description" section, added a link to a PowerPoint presentation describing IME's UN Program.  This presentation was provided during the ISEE's Regulatory Panel discussion on 1/27/2019.
 
1/24/2019

UN: Sessions
  • Added links to the formal reports for the winter sessions including:
    • 54th Session TDG Sub-committee report (ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/108), corrections and draft amendments (ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/108/Add.1), explosives working group report (UN/SCETDG/54/INF.50), and list of participants
    • 36th Session GHS Sub-committee report (ST/SG/AC.10/C.4/72) and list of participants
    • 9th Session TDG/GHS Committee Committee report (ST/SG/AC.10/46) and list of participants.
See the "Post-meeting documents" sub-sub-section for each session (54th TDG, 36th GHS, and 9th TDG/GHS) in the "UN Documents for this Session" sub-section.  All documents added today are marked "-- added 1/24/2019".