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April 2009
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HEADLINES . . . This month’s top stories

TC Meetings Event in Prague
Four ASTM committees will participate in the ASTM International TC Meetings Event in Prague, Czech Republic, October 5-9. The committees meeting are D24 on Carbon Black, E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products, F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging and F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. Committee workshops and other activities will also be part of the event.

New Proficiency Testing of Plastics
A new ASTM proficiency testing program on thermal analyses of plastics (TAP) will be offered in 2010. Test results received through the program will allow laboratories to monitor their thermal analyses strengths and weaknesses in order to maintain accreditation status and compare their test results with labs around the world. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information and to register.

Virtual Officers' Training
There is still time to register for the upcoming Virtual Officers' Training Week, to be held Sept. 21-24. The online training, which will be conducted by ASTM staff, is intended primarily for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, or those who aspire to become officers. Visit the ASTM Web site to register.

ASTM Online Classroom
Six Web-based training courses are now available free of charge to all ASTM members through the ASTM Web site. Click here to view course schedules and to register.

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

A brand new subcommittee within Committee E60 will involve students. [Full story]

Home Playgrounds
The revised version of Committee F15's consumer safety specification no longer allows home playground sets designed with swings that attach to an upper body component (such as “monkey bars”). [Full story]

Energy Use for Buildings
A proposed Committee E50 standard will address the collection of energy use information associated with buildings involved in real estate transactions. [Full story]

Electrical Conductors
Committee B01 is developing a new standard for annealed concentric-lay-stranded copper-clad steel conductors. [Full story]

Committee C11 is working on three new standards that focus on the growing use of non-metallic plaster bases (lath) in the construction industry. [Full story]

Solubility of Asphalt
Committee D04's new standard on solubility of asphalt will provide an alternative for a solvent that has been banned as an ozone depleter. [Full story]

Nickel Alloys
A new test method from Committee E01 will help users properly prepare and analyze various nickel-based alloy samples by inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry. [Full story]

Topics covered by four new standards from Committee C09 include aggregate resistivity, lightweight aggregates, methacrylate bonding systems and semi-adiabatic calorimetry. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

Representatives from India's Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, met with staff at ASTM headquarters in August. The highlight of the meeting was the formal signing of the letter of implementation for a training and collaboration program scheduled to take place in November. At this time, eight technical experts from several CIPET campuses will attend an intensive two-week program that will include training at ASTM headquarters and participation in the November committee week meetings of Committee D20 on Plastics.

Shanghai Workshop
A two-day workshop on coatings for nuclear power plants will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Shanghai, China, offices of the Shanghai Nuclear Energy Research and Design Institute (SNERDI). The workshop is co-sponsored by SNERDI and ASTM Committee D33 on Protective Coating and Lining Work for Power Generation Facilities. This international industry forum will feature speakers from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the United States. For more information, contact Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month, an annual awareness campaign sponsored by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of buying products that are JPMA certified. The JPMA Certification Program includes many ASTM International standards developed by Committee F15 on Consumer Products. There are ASTM standards for bassinets/cradles, bath seats, booster seats, carriages/strollers, changing tables, children’s folding chairs, cribs, high chairs, infant swings and bouncers, bed rails, infant carriers, stationary activity centers, walkers and much more.

PUBLICATIONS . . . Publications now available

ASTM Glass and Glazing Standards for the Building Industry

STP1507, Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems, 28th Volume: Global Trends and Regulatory Drivers in the Crop Protection Industry

ASTM Standards in Building Codes, 46th Edition

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CALENDAR . . . Committee Weeks, Symposia, Workshops, TPTs

Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings

October Committee Week, October 18-23, Atlanta, GA
November Committee Week, November 8-13, Atlanta, GA
December Committee Week, December 6-11, Atlanta, GA

See information on ASTM technical committee meetings and committee weeks, including locations, schedules and future meeting dates.
View listing of ASTM meetings by committee.

Upcoming Symposia & Workshops

Sixth International Workshop on
Dosimetry for Radiation Processing

Oct. 4-8, Karlsruhe, Germany

Twelfth International Symposium on
Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials
in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres

Oct. 7-9, Berlin, Germany

Workshop on Life Cycle Assessments: Methodology, Current Development and Application in Standards
Oct. 18-19, Atlanta, GA

30th Symposium on Pesticide
Formulations and Delivery Systems:
Regulations and Innovation

Oct. 20-22, Atlanta, GA

Workshop on Continuous Improvements of Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR®)
Oct. 20, Atlanta, GA


Symposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Nov. 9, Atlanta, GA

Workshop on Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials
Nov. 10, Atlanta, GA

ASTM Standards on Trial: The Impact of
the Absence of Standards on Product
Liability Litigation in a Mock Trial

Nov. 10, Atlanta, GA

Workshop on Progress in Creep-Fatigue Test Methods and Models
Nov. 11, Atlanta, GA

Workshop on Adjusted Compliance Ratio (ACR) Technique for Characterizing Fatigue Crack Closure
Nov. 11, Atlanta, GA

View information on current and past symposia and workshops.

Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses

Aviation Fuels
Oct. 20-22, Baltimore, MD

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
Oct. 21-22, Atlanta, GA

Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests
Sept. 29-30, W. Conshohocken, PA
Nov. 3-4, Chicago, IL

Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing and Evaluation
Oct. 19-21, Houston, TX

Diesel Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods
Oct. 27-29, Chicago, IL
Nov. 17-19, Las Vegas, NV

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Oct. 5-6, Berlin, Germany

Gasoline: Specifications, Testing
and Technology

Sept. 15-17, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 17-19, Hollywood, FL

Major Testing Techniques for
Plastics: An Introduction

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Baltimore, MD
Nov. 3-5, Atlanta, GA


Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing,
Purchase and Use

Oct. 27-29, San Francisco, CA

Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
Sept. 22-24, San Diego, CA; Oct. 13-15, Columbus, OH; Nov. 3-5, Dallas, TX; Nov. 10-12, Baltimore, MD

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practices
for Commercial Real Estate: Transaction Screen & Phase I Site Assessment

Sept. 15-16, Norfolk, VA; Sept. 29-30, W. Conshohocken,
PA; Oct. 27-28, Las Vegas, NV; Nov. 17-18, Atlanta, GA

Property Condition Assessments
Sept. 29-30, Las Vegas, NV; Nov. 17-18, Orlando, FL

Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and
Bedding Sold in the United States

Sept. 23, Columbus, OH

Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA)
Applied at Petroleum Release Sites

Oct. 13-14, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and
Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods

Sept. 10-11, Akron, OH

View a full course listing of ASTM TPT courses.
For more information, please visit the ASTM Web site.
To see a full list of ASTM's technical committees and view their Web pages, click here.

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Erin McElrone, Editor

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