The 2013 Virtual Officers' Training Week was held September 23-26, 2013. The following is a collection of the PowerPoint presentations that were given at the workshop. Should you have questions about the information in the slides, please contact Kate McClung.
* exclusive to Virtual Officers' Training Week
This session will inform members on how to effectively move documents through the ASTM balloting process, from initiating a subcommittee ballot through main committee and Society review. A review of the role of COS (Committee on Standards) is included a special focus on the procedural handling of negative votes throughout the balloting process. Learn to get positive results from negative votes!
Learn about the ASTM Certification Program on products (material, products, systems, and services) and personnel for industries that desire an independent third party demonstration of compliance to standards and/or are facing regulatory pressures to prove compliance to standards. Also learn about the Technical and Professional Training Courses which offer continuing education on the practical application of standards that most impact your industry.
Recently taken on the role of a task group leader or technical contact in your committee? This module will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of task group leaders and technical contacts, as well as help you navigate the ASTM systems and various tools available to assist with your standards development work. Some applications that will be introduced are registration of a work item, organizing a collaboration area, submitting items for ballot, scheduling a virtual meeting, and handling negatives and comments.
This session is geared towards Subcommittee and Main Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, who plan to lead ASTM meetings. Get an overview of parliamentary procedures as they relate to ASTM meetings, and run through a sample meeting from the call to order to adjournment in order to better understand the procedures. This training should help to answer any basic questions you have on how to use Robertť˘˛¨s Rules during an ASTM meeting.
The role of a subcommittee chairman involves many titles, such as leader, communicator, administrator, and organizer. This module provides tips to conducting an effective meeting, preparing ballot items, delegating tasks, and managing subcommittee activities.
The goal of this session is to identify key duties and responsibilities of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Membership Secretary, and Secretary in order to strengthen the leadership skills necessary for a productive committee. If you currently are or soon will be a main committee officer, this session will educate you on what to expect in your role on the Main Committee.
This module is designed to demonstrate the vast array of tools on the ASTM website that facilitate worldwide participation in the ASTM standard development process. The module will provide information on viewing ballots, utilizing online negative ballot resolution, registering work items, submitting ballot items, accessing collaboration areas, submitting minutes and agendas, and downloading materials for ASTM meetings, along with many more helpful functions of the website.
This training module assists officers in classifying new members, granting official voting status, and maintaining balance on your committee and subcommittee rosters. This is a quick, online training session that covers the numerous functions of the web-based Roster Maintenance tool. This session will also cover accessing new membership applications, as well as creating Membership Reports for your upcoming meeting. This training will be helpful for Main Committee and Subcommittee Membership Secretaries, and Subcommittee Chairmen.
During this joint Technical Committee Operations and Editorial module, the development and publication process for both new and revised standards will be reviewed. The module will explain how standard ideas are introduced, drafted, and publicized and will walk through ASTMť˘˛¨s electronic tools and time-tested techniques for accelerating the development of your standard. Included in the workshop will be a brief review of work item registration, the three stages of balloting, and an explanation of the key roles of your ASTM editor and the standardť˘˛¨s technical contact.
ASTM Symposia and workshops provide an opportunity to exchange information, present research finding and identify critical areas facing today's emerging technologies. This module will provide benefits of ASTM symposia and workshops. Topics will include proposal process, planning, Symposium/Workshop chairmanť˘˛¨s responsibilities and tips for planning a successful event.
This workshop is designed to familiarize members with the ILS Program, its features, capabilities, and the online registration process. The ILS program assists committees in developing a quality precision statement for ASTM test methods. Accessed via the Members Only pages of the ASTM Website, you will be guided through a complete ILS registration, highlighting the information that will be requested in the process. This program will benefit anyone planning to run an Interlaboratory study to generate a precision statement for an existing or new ASTM test method.
Staff of the ASTM Washington Office will provide an overview of efforts to promote public policy initiatives that advance ASTMť˘˛¨s mission and business strategies, including: the removal of barriers to the worldwide acceptance and use of ASTM standards; ensuring that ASTM standards are properly adopted or referenced by Federal agencies, and that government standards activities do not duplicate or conflict with the interests of ASTM International; and the identifying opportunities for new ASTM activities as legislation, regulations, and government research initiatives lead to the need for new private sector standards.
ASTM International committees reflect the breadth of the industries they represent, with all stakeholder groups present. Due to the inherent complexity of many industries, it is imperative that committees retain focus in regard to their overall mission and strategic planning is a tool that can greatly assist a committee in accomplishing this goal. A comprehensive Strategic Planning philosophy reinforces a committee's strengths, maximizing potential resources. This module will provide some tips and tools for strategic planning techniques within your committees.
In recognition of ASTM 2013 Year of the Leader, this training will focus on leadership opportunities available within the ASTM Committee structure, and the benefits of such leadership to your career development and personal growth. This module will also give an overview of the roles and responsibilities of various committee leadership positions, provide a brief description of the focus of the ASTM 2013 Year of the Leader, and outline some tools and resources available from ASTM to further your leadership skills.
With the proliferation of green measurement systems and labels, there is a growing need to understand the true impact of a product on the environment. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) provide quantifiable environmental data to compare products that fulfill the same function. In order to create comparable EPDs, they must follow the same rules and guidelines called product category rules (PCR). This module will provide an overview of how ASTM, as a program operator, works with industry to develop PCR and verify EPDs.