The ASTM Johnson Asbestos Conferences have served as a forum for the discussion of asbestos issues in the summers of 1986, 1988, 1992, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011. These conferences have been a major contributor to the advancement and understanding of asbestos in a number of areas including monitoring technology. Unfortunately, there are members of the asbestos analytical community who are not able to attend a summer conference because that tends to be a very busy time for them. As a solution, the Michael E. Beard Conference was established as an 'interim' Johnson Conference halfway between the summer Johnsons. To that end, we present the preliminary program for the "ASTM 2013 Michael E. Beard Conference: Asbestos Laboratory Issues". This meeting is a two–day set of presentations on asbestos topics of interest to those who work in laboratories, those who use laboratory analytical data, and those who need to understand how to interpret asbestos analytical results. The meeting will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013. The meeting will follow the policies established for the Johnson Conferences to encourage the presentation of the most recent work in the field and to allow open and frank discussion of new ideas and possible interpretation of the data. No proceedings from the conference will be published (although some form of extended abstracts is under consideration), and recording of presentations will not be permitted. The conference will be divided into four sessions: 1. Analysis of Soil, Vermiculite, Talc and Other Media, 2. Quality Assurance, Training, and Inter- laboratory Studies, 3. Issues Between the Laboratory and Field Operations, and 4. Interaction between the Labs and NVLAP, Auditors and Government Agencies.
This ASTM-International Conference is dedicated to the memory of Michael E. Beard (1940 – 2008). Mr. Beard served for many years as the Chair of ASTM Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos. This subcommittee remains responsible for developing methods for monitoring asbestos in various media. One of Mike's most memorable contributions was in the long term stewarding of the ASTM Johnson Asbestos Conferences.
The language of the symposium will be English.
Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the symposium and closes January 23, 2013. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below. These fees include:
–the Thursday evening reception (cash bar)
Students &ndas; A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions, but does not include social events, Food functions, etc.
All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.
A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at email@example.com or 610-832-9678.
If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 610/832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at email@example.com or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).
ASTM Member Fee
Symposium attendees interested in receiving 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the symposium, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.
Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen:
MVA Scientific Consultants
Duluth, GA, USA
New York State Department of Health
Albany, NY, USA
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Durham, NC, USA
All meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Reservations may be made by via our online reservation system at Reservation at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-800-233-1234 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate.) If you need assistance with your reservation call the Passkey customer service department at 1-800-421-1442.
Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than December 16, 2012. ASTM rates are $155 single/double plus 14.13% tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RATES: The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $80 plus 14.13% tax. To obtain a government rate, book online at Government Rate at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.
IMPORTANT! ASTM rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.
ADVANCE DEPOSIT: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.
CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is privided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.
CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, notice of cancellation must be received by 3:00pm the day prior to arrival.
Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.
The hotel is located approximately 15 miles/15-20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport. The hotel's phone number is 904-588-1234 and the general fax number is 904-634-4554. The web site for the hotel is Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfont Information.
For information on the city of Jacksonville, visit the Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at: Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Express Shuttle provides regular schedules shuttle service from Jacksonville International Airport to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The cost is $20 each way. Taxis cost approximately $40.
PARKING: Overnight parking is available at $20 for valet and $15 self parking with in and out privileges.
Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Jacksonville. The average temperatures in January range from a high of 65 degrees to a low of 42 degrees.
Meeting schedules of Committee D22 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/D22.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, David Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 610- 832-9681.
Committee D22 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web listed immediately above, and click "Future Meetings".