Detailing the Parameters of a Standard
Understanding the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (once known as “the Green Book”) and Form and Style for ASTM Standards (formerly known as “the Blue Book”) is necessary for anyone developing ASTM International standards. Rules&Regs explains some of the key points of these documents.
It is important to know what a standard can do, but knowing the parameters of a standard is necessary information as well. Form and Style for ASTM Standards makes provisions for this through the use of approved caveats, covered in Section F2 of the guide.
According to Section F2.3 of Form and Style, all ASTM standards are required to include the following general policy caveat, which has been approved by the board of directors:
Section F2.1 of Form and Style instructs that a generic safety hazards caveat is to appear in the scope sections of all (1) test methods; (2) specifications where test methods are detailed other than by reference; and (3) practices and guides that involve the use of material, operations and equipment. The following is the text for this safety hazards caveat:
Another important caveat is detailed in F2.4: the working document caveat, which is to be stated on the front page of every draft document or manuscript from a committee. The text of this caveat is:
More specific caveats are also listed in Form and Style, including caveats for fire standards that are detailed in F2.2 (the addition of two new fire caveats was reported in the Rules&Regs column in the July/August SN).
A PDF of the form and style manual can be found here.