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ASTM Crib Safety Standards Now Included in Rule Issued Under U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
ASTM F406 and F1169 Added to CPSC Ruling
On Dec. 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to include two ASTM International standards covering full-size and non-full-size cribs in the regulatory requirements issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
Effective June 28, 2011, all cribs on the market will need to be in compliance with the new mandatory rules, while anything used in a child care facility, family child care home, or public accommodation, such as a hotel or shelter, will need to have compliant cribs starting on Dec. 28, 2012.
The standards, ASTM F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and ASTM F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, are under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables. F15.18 is part of ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products.
In her comments about the passage of this new rule, CPSC Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum remarked, “The commission delivered on my promise to Congress and to parents across the nation to adopt mandatory robust and highly protective standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs in 2010. This was an enormous undertaking and an accomplishment achieved through the incredible work ethic and dedication to the safety of children demonstrated by CPSC staff, my fellow commissioners and our stakeholder partners involved in the ASTM voluntary standards process.”
Building on the recently revised 2009 version of F1169 that eliminates traditional drop-side cribs and strengthens slat integrity, which are elements included in this mandatory regulation, the committee developed new, or strengthened existing, testing protocols in the following areas:
Likewise, the committee undertook the task of approving revisions to ASTM F406 for non-full-size cribs. These updates include a revision to ASTM F406 that eliminates drop-side cribs, adds requirements from 16 CFR 1509, adds new warnings to address items put on the top of play yards and non-full-side cribs, and adds new requirements from the current version of ASTM F1169 that address movable sides.
Both standards were revised to improve the following:
In addition, ASTM F406 was revised again after the Notice of Public Rulemaking was released in July 2010 to address additional comments brought up by CPSC concerning the order of some provisions of the standard and to make editorial changes. CPSC has incorporated this version (approved Oct. 15, 2010) as the mandatory standard in the final rule.
International Code Council Releases Public Version 2.0 of The International Green Construction Code
Final Version to Be Published in Early 2012
The International Code Council has released Public Version 2.0 of the International Green Construction Code. This updated version, which incorporates 27 ASTM standards, is based on actions taken after the August public hearings for Version 1.0. The documents are available as adoptable language or as resource tools in the development or revision of green regulations at all jurisdictional levels and are designed to integrate with existing international codes to create a new regulatory baseline for green construction.
“For important attributes such as sustainability, energy efficiency and safety, the process of building design, construction and evaluation relies heavily on high quality standards and test methods developed by the volunteer experts of ASTM International,” says James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International. “I am pleased the IGCC Public Version 2.0 recommends numerous ASTM standards in providing much needed guidance to jurisdictions and regulators in these areas.”
The ICC plans to release the final version of the IGCC in early 2012. ASTM is a cooperating sponsor of the IGCC.
Cement and Concrete Expert Speaks in Colombia
On Oct. 21, 2010, Cesar Constantino, director of process and quality, Titan America, and member of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, to participate in a program hosted by the Office of Technical Standards within Colombia’s Ministry of National Defense. The topic of Constantino’s presentation was “The Role of Research in the Standardization Process,” in which he shared best practices, experiences and lessons learned in incorporating current research into technical standards.
ASTM International to Work with APEC on Sustainability in Building Construction Program
Survey and Workshop Are Components of Project
ASTM International, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will be working with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on a two-part program called Sustainability in Building Construction (Commercial Buildings).
The first part of the program is a survey of the 21 APEC economies regarding sustainability policies and regulation; how standards, codes and rating systems support policies and regulations; and how technical requirements facilitate trade in sustainable building materials and products among these economies.
Results from the survey will be used in choosing topics for the second part of the program, which is a workshop to be held March 3–4 in conjunction with the annual APEC meeting to be held in Washington, D.C.
Five economies have joined the United States as co-sponsors of the APEC event: Canada, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Peru.
In addition, the U.S. Agency for International Development will partner with ASTM International to extend this effort beyond the March workshop to another event later in the year.
Preliminary stages of the project were funded by the Aluminum Association; the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute; the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials; and the International Code Council.
The 21 APEC economies are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
International Conference on Textiles to Be Held in India
Program to Focus on Light and Weatherfastness
An international conference on Textiles – Light and Weatherfastness, will be held Jan. 21 in Mumbai, India. Sponsored by ASTM International, Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, this one-day conference will be held at the India Textile Committee Auditorium. This is the first textile industry conference ASTM has co-sponsored in India.
The international conference on textiles will feature cutting edge information from international experts on the topics of light and weatherfastness, and it will provide a platform for information exchange that supports the exponential demand for technical and high performance textiles.
Quality control managers of textile laboratories, product designers, research and development staff in the dyestuff industry, commercial test laboratories and those who develop textile specifications are encouraged to attend the conference.
For additional information, contact conference planners Bruno Bentjerodt, Atlas MTT GmbH, Linsengericht-Altenhaßlau, Germany (phone: +49-0-6051-707-0245); Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan, ASTM International, Madras, India (phone: +91-44-2615-1791); or Siva Pariti, DyStar, Navi Mumbai, India (phone: +91-22-6141-9063).
ASTM Business Meeting
The 2011 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wed., May 18th, during the May Committee Week meetings in Anaheim, Calif. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Marriott Anaheim Hotel. Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, for more information (phone: 610-832-9594).
From left, James Thomas, ASTM International president; Shreyaskar Chaudhary, managing director; Jayanti Mishra, manager, compliances; both of Pratibha Syntex, a textile manufacturer in India; and Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, ASTM global cooperation, met on Oct. 29, 2010, at ASTM headquarters. While here, Chaudhary and Mishra learned about the history of ASTM International and discussed Committee D13 on Textiles and activities relating to sustainability and textiles.
ASTM Establishes a Presence on Social Media Networks
Standards Information Now Available on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
ASTM International has recently established a presence on some popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These social media platforms provide another outlet for users and stakeholders to receive the latest news about ASTM International and standards activities.
The official ASTM International Facebook page provides followers with the latest news about standards development within ASTM’s more than 140 technical committees as well as information about publications, meetings and more, with direct links to the ASTM website. Currently, more than 1,200 fans keep up with ASTM through Facebook. A Facebook page for ASTM students features news about ASTM student memberships, awards, paper competitions and information about standards in the classroom.
More than 450 users currently follow @ASTMIntl on Twitter. ASTM tweets include the latest headline news from ASTM with links to the ASTM website as well as information about upcoming meetings, training sessions, publications and other general ASTM news. As with Facebook, there is also a student presence on Twitter, with the username @ASTMStudentFans.
The ASTM International channel on YouTube features informational videos from ASTM, including membership and student videos as well as specialized committee videos that highlight a particular ASTM technical committee or standards activity. Users can view several videos that cover a variety of standards development subjects and can easily share the videos with colleagues and friends.
ASTM International’s presence in social media is another way to reach an even broader audience of stakeholders interested in the standardization process and to share important standards development news with the world.
If you have questions about ASTM’s presence in social media, please contact Erin Brennan, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9602).
ASTM’s Chief Representative in China Speaks at Energy Seminar
Liu Fei, ASTM International’s chief representative in China, spoke to approximately 150 participants from standards organizations, research institutes and local industries at the International Workshop for Standardization of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, on Nov. 1-2, 2010.
During his presentation, Liu Fei spoke on standards activities related to energy savings and global climate change that are currently being undertaken by ASTM International Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation, C24 on Building Seals and Sealants, E06 on Performance of Buildings and E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action.
The workshop was one of the breakout events held during the annual conference of the China Association for Science and Technology, which was organized by the China Association for Standardization.
Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board
The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2012 board of directors:
Complete biographical information, including candidate’s name, title, business address and education as well as the candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to: ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1.
Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, if you need further information (phone: 610-832-9594).
The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship is presented each year to as many as four high-potential graduate students, contingent upon merit and available funds. The scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards.
Each recipient of the scholarship will receive $10,000 to be used for educational expenses. Applications are due April 30. For more information contact James Olshefsky, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9714).
A delegation from the Jiangsu Province of China visited ASTM International on Nov. 8, 2010. The group received an overview of ASTM International, learned about the history of ASTM in China and learned about Committee D30 on Composite Materials through a virtual presentation given by D30 member Russell Gentry.
On Dec. 13, 2010, several representatives of the Iraq Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control visited ASTM International headquarters to discuss their memorandum of understanding with ASTM, textile standards and testing, and dosimetry standards for food safety.
On Oct. 29, 2010, a group of Chinese professionals and executives from Jiangsu Province, who were taking part in a training program at California State University at Long Beach, visited ASTM headquarters. The group’s training focused on quality assurance, standardization and safety.
ASTM Award Nominations Sought
W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
ASTM International is seeking nominations for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.
Nominees for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award may or may not be members of ASTM International, and the title of honorary member is bestowed on all of its recipients. Established in 1987, the award honors William T. Cavanaugh, who served as chief executive officer of ASTM from 1970 until 1985. During his service, Cavanaugh firmly established ASTM as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards.
Nominations should describe each candidate’s qualifications as completely as possible. Nomination packages should include relevant information about the candidate’s professional background; outstanding contributions made within ASTM International as well as other standards organizations or professional societies; and all offices and special positions held in each organization. In addition, any of the candidate’s accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community should be specifically identified, including standards interactions with governments, industry or academia as well as any past honors, citations and awards that relate to voluntary standards. No more than two individuals will be selected for the Cavanaugh award in a single year.
The deadline for submissions for the Cavanaugh Award is April 1. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. For a copy of the award criteria, contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9594).
President’s Leadership Award
Nominations are now being sought for ASTM International’s 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 President’s Leadership Award was established by the ASTM board of directors in 2007 to recognize outstanding leadership within the first five years of an individual’s association with ASTM International.
The deadline for nominations for the President’s Leadership Award is Feb. 1. For more information, contact Barbara Smith, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9684).
The ASTM International Committee on Publications is soliciting candidate publications from ASTM committees for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. Each committee may submit one publication for consideration.
The award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature. A minimum of three years must have elapsed between the date of publication of a nominee and the nomination deadline of April 15. Publications with the same scope cannot win the award twice within 10 years (for example, two editions of the same work).
Eligible candidate publications include:
Submissions should be made on or before April 15 and must contain this information:
Submit nominations to Kathy Dernoga, Committee on Publications, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959. For more information, contact Kathy Dernoga, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9617).
Ogden Memorial Award
Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys seeks nominations for the H.R. (Russ) Ogden Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the science and technology of reactive and refractory metals. Nominees need not be ASTM International members.
The H.R. (Russ) Ogden Award, established in 1983 in honor of the first chairman of Committee B10, may be presented annually to one recipient.
Nominations are due May 1 in the form of a letter describing the nominee and outlining the special service on which the award would be based. For more information and for format details, contact Jeffrey Adkins, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9738).