ASTM International

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ASTM International: A Resource for Snow Skiing Safety

  • ASTM International Committee F27 on Snow Skiing has developed 14 approved standards on skis, bindings, boots, shop procedures and snowboards.
  • Committee F27 meets twice a year, with summer meetings usually including workshops on ski injury statistics and advances in ski safety.
  • In the years since the inception of Committee F27, there has been a 50% decrease in the overall incident/injury rate in skiing and a 90% decline in the incidence of mid-shaft tibial fractures during skiing.
  • Papers given at annual meetings sponsored by the International Society of Skiing Safety are published by ASTM International in a special technical publication, Skiing Trauma and Safety.
  • ASTM F2040 Specification for Helmets Used for Recreational Snow Sports, is the primary standard to which many brands of ski helmets are tested.
  • ASTM F2040 was developed and is maintained by Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets, part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.
  • Subcommittee F08.53 comprises 160 members from the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Italy. Members represent academia, many helmet manufacturers and testing laboratories.
  • For more information on ASTM Committee F27, contact Jasper Shealy, Rochester Institute of Technology (Phone: 585-271-6962; jeseie@rit.edu).
  • For more information on ASTM F2040 and Subcommittee F08.53, contact David Halstead, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Phone: 865-523-1662; E-mail: daveh@soimpact.com).
  • ASTM International’s open consensus process and advanced Internet-based tools ensure worldwide access for all individuals interested in participating in the standards development process. For further information on joining ASTM International Committees F08 and/or F27 contact Christine Sierk, staff manager, ASTM International (Phone: 610-832-9728; E-mail: csierk@astm.org).