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Preston Receives Award of Recognition

John D. Preston (left) received an Award of Recognition for his work on ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products from Colin Church of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Preston retired as chief engineer for children’s products at the end of last year from CPSC after 36 years of distinguished government service, 25 of which were spent at the Commission. His work at the Commission has resulted in safer children’s products such as toys, nursery products, and playground equipment. Preston plans to continue his membership in ASTM. He has been a member of the Society for 12 years and has represented CPSC on over 25 ASTM technical subcommittees that have or are developing voluntary standards for a range of children’s products including public, home, and soft-contained playground equipment and playground equipment for children under two years of age. Preston’s compilation of fundamental concepts for playground safety formed the foundation of the ASTM Consumer Safety Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (Standard F 1487). In 1992, Preston received the ASTM Margaret Dana Award.