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New Gas Container Law Requires ASTM Standard
A new law approved by U.S. Congress will help protect children from gasoline burns by requiring that portable gasoline containers have child-resistant closures that conform to an ASTM consumer safety standard. In 2005 alone, nearly 1,400 children were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to gasoline containers. The new law will require that all gasoline containers sold in the United States meet the requirements of ASTM F2517, Standard Specification for Determination of Child Resistance of Portable Fuel Containers for Consumer Use.
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GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:
New MOU Signing
ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Standards and Metrology Directorate (BSMD), the recognized national standards body of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 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, 60 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program.
Egyptian Organization for Standardization
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COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:
Joint Green Meetings and Events Activity
Aviation Fuels Subcommittee Meeting
New REACH Standard from Declarable Substances Committee
DID YOU KNOW?...Standards for Swimming Pool Safety
Many families enjoy spending their summer vacations swimming and spending time by the pool. With all of the fun swimming pools can bring, they can also be quite dangerous, especially for young children left unattended. A few ASTM committees develop standards to prevent accidents that can happen at both residential and non-residential swimming pools. Two of those committees, Subcommittee F15.49 on Pool Safety Standards and Committee F14 on Fences, work on standards that address many aspects of pool safety, including pool alarms and safety devices, fences and gates, pool and drain covers, safety audits and more for pools, spas and hot tubs. Recent legislation in the United States now references some of these ASTM standards as requirements. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information on keeping swimming pools fun and most importantly safe with ASTM standards.
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