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April 2008

HEADLINES... This month’s top stories:

PDF Healthcare Best Practices Guide

ASTM and AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, have published the Best Practices Guide – PDF Healthcare (AIIM-ASTM BP-01-2008), which describes a proposed, voluntary, industry-wide reference tool and guideline to describe the features and functionality of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for the healthcare industry. It is designed to facilitate a means by which healthcare information is captured, exchanged, preserved and protected so that participants within the healthcare system can use the well-known PDF specification as the electronic container of the information. [Full story]

New Bill Would Make Toy Standard Mandatory

On March 6, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to enhance toy safety by passing a bill that would make ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, a mandatory federal requirement for all toys sold in the U.S. The bipartisan Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Reform bill would increase funding for the CPSC and require that toys be independently tested to F963, which incorporates relevant safety measures already required under federal law and includes additional guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards. [Full story]

ASTM Board Meeting in Stockholm

The ASTM International Board of Directors will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 22-24. The selection of Stockholm as host city for the Board meeting came at the invitation of Lars Fink, CEO of the Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS) and a former Board member. SIS is the national standards body of Sweden. In addition to the formal Board sessions, Board members and staff will visit Swedish trade associations and ministries representing various industry sectors in which ASTM standards are globally influential, and will participate in this year's SIS seminar, "USA & Sweden - Similarities, Challenges and Opportunities."

Aviation Fuels Committee to Meet in Poland

Subcommittee D02.J on Aviation Fuels, part of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, will meet June 3-5 at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre in Warsaw, Poland. A Technical and Professional Training Course, “Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods," will also take place at the Hilton Warsaw on June 2-3. For more information, including meeting/course topics, click here.

Amusement Industry Legislative Summit

ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices was represented at this year's IAAPA Legislative Summit held March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) holds the annual summit to bring together representatives from amusement parks and attractions from around the U.S. to discuss industry issues and support legislation. F24 staff manager Len Morrissey, along with F24 chair Jim Seay, met with the legislative correspondent of U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr. from Pennsylvania to discuss the role ASTM standards play in the amusement industry.

2008 ASTM Advantage Award

ASTM is again seeking success stories that clearly demonstrate the benefits of ASTM standards with the 2008 Advantage Award. Papers should demonstrate real life examples of the positive impact of an ASTM standard(s) and include supporting data and background information. Cash prizes for this year's award are $15,000 for first prize; $10,000 for second prize; and $5,000 for third prize. For more information, click here.


GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:

New MOU Signing

ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Kazakhstan Institute for Standardization and Certification (KAZINST). The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. To date, 58 MOUs have been signed. For more information about the MOU program, click here.

GeoAmericas Conference in Mexico

Members of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, along with ASTM staff, attended the first GeoAmericas Conference in Cancun, Mexico, on March 2-5. The conference was a forum for geosynthetics engineers, practitioners and academia to explore current and potential applications for geosynthetics. At the event, the members and staff attended a course session on Geosynthetic Test Methods and Specifications and presented information on ASTM International standards and membership as well as global cooperation.


COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:

Vapor Intrusion in Properties

New practice from the Environmental Assessment committee will provide guidance for vapor intrusion testing, a concern for property owners, prospective purchasers and environmental professionals conducting due diligence. [Full story]

Material Compatibility Issues in Concrete

The first standard from Subcommittee C09.48 will be useful in a variety of applications for producers of concrete, cement, admixtures and supplementary materials. [Full story]

Dynamic Drop Test for Rock Anchor Standard

A new test method from Committee D18 is the result of requests to standardize a test to determine dynamic rock anchor capacity that is used internationally in the mining industry. [Full story]

Airplane Electrical Wiring

A new practice from Committee F39 will ensure the safety of electrical wiring systems in airplanes. [Full story]

Analysis of Asbestos Data

New standard from the committee on Air Quality provides guidance for using data generated by ASTM standards in testing for asbestos in surface dust. [Full story]

Sediment Retention Devices

An innovative system that can be used to test and compare sediment control products is the basis of a new D18 standard. [Full story]

High Baked Phenolic Coatings

Finding a way to accurately measure the water and volatile content of high baked phenolic coatings is the focus of a test method from Committee D01. [Full story]

Polyethylene Pipe

Committee on Plastic Piping Systems has a new specification that covers the use of polyethylene pipe for gas gathering purposes. [Full story]

Testing of Round Specimens

A new standard from the Ceramics committee allows for the flexural strength determination of components made in a round shape or after finish machining with minimal waste. [Full story]


DID YOU KNOW?...Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets

Helmet Standards Keep You Safe

The spring season means an increase in outdoor activities for many, from baseball to bicycling and beyond. With sports-related head injuries on the rise, Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets, the most active subcommittee within Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, is dedicated to keeping you safe. F08.53 has developed helmet standards for all types of sports and activities, including baseball, football, soccer, skateboarding, martial arts, bicycling and more. When enjoying your favorite sports activities this season, protect yourself with a helmet that conforms to ASTM standards and encourage others to do the same.

PUBLICATIONS... New publications from ASTM now available:

Manual 56, Guide to Friction, Wear, and Erosion Testing

Manual 57, Routine Coal and Coke Analysis: Collection, Interpretation, and Use of Analytical Data

ASTM Standards Related to Candles and Accessories


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