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New EPA Rule Highlights Several ASTM Standards
A recent rule approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on greenhouse gas reporting by large sources and suppliers in the U.S. cites 42 ASTM International standards from 11 different committees. The standards referenced are test methods and specifications that cover a diverse set of topics – including aviation fuel, water, coal sampling systems and hydraulic cement – and can assist businesses in tracking and reporting their own emissions. [Full story]
ASTM Technical Committee Videos
Two brand new technical committee videos are now available on the ASTM Web site. The first video discusses standards for alternative energy and highlights the ongoing work of ASTM Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and Other Alternative Energy Sources in this area. The second video focuses on Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment and the development of international standards for energy efficient equipment for commercial kitchens. View the videos on the E44 and F26 committee pages on the ASTM Web site.
Don't forget to renew your ASTM membership for 2010. Membership renewal is quick and easy and can be done through the ASTM Web site (www.astm.org/MEMBERSHIP).
Nominations are being sought for the ASTM President's Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 1, 2010.
ASTM's Virtual Classroom
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COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees
Drywall All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a proposed new standard from Committee C11 that will cover issues relating to drywall and indoor air quality. [Full story]
Amusement Rides A broad spectrum of issues from restraint design to aquatic play elements to trains were addressed at Committee F24's recent meeting in Toronto, Canada. [Full story]
Fire A new Committee E05 test method addresses the enhancement of exterior fire protection of structures in a wildland fire. [Full story]
Medical Gloves Committee's D11's new standard allows rubber glove manufacturers to monitor the level of residual chemicals in their end products. [Full story]
Gaseous Fuels Committee D03 invites all interested parties to participate in the development of new standards on tunable diode laser spectroscopy and determination of siloxanes. [Full story]
Floor Coverings A proposed new specification from Committee F06 covers flooring for multi-purpose rooms like those found in child care buildings, elementary schools and long-term care facilities. [Full story]
Photovoltaic Modules The results of tests from Committee E44's new standard will help designers and manufacturers identify important failure mechanisms that can limit the service life of photovoltaic modules. [Full story]
Asphalt-Rubber A proposed new standard from Committee D04 covers rotational viscotesters, which are used to measure viscosity of asphalt-rubber binders in road building. [Full story]
Traffic Monitoring Committee E17's new standard will be the first to describe how truth-in-data should be applied to traffic monitoring data collection, summarization and reporting. [Full story]
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world
Translated Materials Various printed ASTM informational pieces such as brochures, booklets, sector/committee overviews, technical committee lists and SN articles are available in multiple languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and more. The materials are posted as PDF files in the new Global Cooperation section of the ASTM Web site.
Seven Countries Participate in Forum ASTM's virtual meeting tools were used at a forum held during the October Committee Week on "Integrating Green Format Data into Project Specifications." The presentation, which occurred during the meetings of Committee C16 on Thermal Insulation, included 70 attendees in Atlanta, GA, and was broadcast virtually through the WebEx system to more than 60 participants in seven countries including Germany, Switzerland, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica.
DID YOU KNOW? . . . Candle Standards Candles are often used as decorative accents in the home and to symbolize celebration. As the use of decorative candles continues to grow in popularity in both homes and businesses such as bars and restaurants, users cannot forget that there is danger associated with candles/open flames and safety precautions should always be used. ASTM Subcommittee F15.45 on Candle Products, part of Committee F15 on Consumer Products, has developed industry standards for fire safety for candles and candle accessories like candle containers/holders as well as fire safety labeling. Consumers, manufacturers and retailers can all benefit from the work of the candle subcommittee, which includes members of the National Candle Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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