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New Standard Evaluation for Paintball Barrier Netting

The Paintball and Equipment Subcommittee of ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities has developed ASTM F 2278, Standard Test Method for Evaluating Paintball Barrier Netting, to establish uniform procedures for paintball-facility owners and other users to evaluate the broad variety of paintball barrier netting sold. The new test method, available this month, can be used with ASTM F 2184, Standard Guide for Installation of Paintball Barrier Netting, issued in 2002.

A task group that developed F 2278 consisted of general interest members, netting manufacturers, insurance representatives, and product distributors.

“We hope that paintball field owners and operators can easily and effectively evaluate their netting to ensure the safety of the people counting on it to protect them from paintballs,” says group chairman Mike Ratko, vice president for Technical Development, Procaps, St. Laurent, PQ, Canada. “This tool will also allow them to evaluate netting from various manufacturers in a consistent manner that will allow them to understand the value of the product they are purchasing.”

For further technical information, contact Mike Ratko, vice president for Technical Development, Procaps, St. Laurent, PQ, Canada (phone: 514/337-1779). Committee F08 meets Nov. 19-22 in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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