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New Pennsylvania Law Requires ASTM Standard
A new Pennsylvania law to help prevent smoking-related fires will require that cigarettes sold in the state perform well when tested using ASTM International standard E2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes. While any lit cigarette is a potential fire hazard, cigarettes that perform well in the ASTM standard are less likely to start fires when left unattended. Backed by the state fire commissioner and fire safety advocacy groups, the law won unanimous approval in the state legislature before being signed into law. The law will reduce the potential for cigarette-related fires in Pennsylvania, the sixth most populous state in the U.S., and the state where ASTM International headquarters is located. Since 2003, 37 U.S. states have adopted similar ignition-resistant cigarette legislation.
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New MOU Signing
ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Administration. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. To date, 60 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program.
COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:
Handling of Annealed Glass
Recycling of Plastics
DID YOU KNOW?...Standards for Swimming Pool Safety
Keeping Athletes Safe
The 2008 Olympics will open August 8 in Beijing and with it the excitement of watching dedicated and talented athletes from all over the world compete in a variety of sports. As millions watch the games, most will not even think of the important role that standards play in keeping the participants safe. There are ASTM standards for various materials and equipment used in sporting events, including helmets, footwear, padding and protective gear, mats, playing surfaces and more. ASTM guides, specifications and test methods have been developed for many of the sports featured at the summer Olympics, including archery, baseball and softball, basketball, cycling, equestrian, football, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. In addition to keeping the games running smoothly, standards promote safety and minimize the risk of injuries to all parties, from the athletes, coaches and sports officials to the spectators, media and Olympic employees.
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