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April 2009
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ASTM International eNews is a monthly online newsletter that features the latest happenings at ASTM International, including technical committee news, publications, meetings, symposia and more. Like ASTM's bimonthly magazine Standardization News, eNews is a free benefit available to all ASTM members.


HEADLINES . . . This month’s top stories

Virtual Officers' Training
Registration is now open for the Virtual Officers' Training Week, to be held Sept. 21-24. On these dates, ASTM staff will conduct online training modules using WebEx. The training is intended primarily for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, or those who aspire to become officers. Scheduled sessions are: ASTM Online, Balloting and Handling Negative Votes, Officer and Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities, Government Interface and Corporate Outreach, Global Cooperation, Interlaboratory Studies Program (ILS), and the editorial module Developing and Revising a Standard.

ASTM Web Portals
An ASTM portal is a dedicated site that includes a specific collection of ASTM standards and other standards and documents of your choosing. Custom Collection Web portals offer instant online access to a group of ASTM and other standards (tailored by you) to fit the needs of your company or organization. The portal allows multiple users to link between standards, add notes or attachments for others to view, and make side-by-side comparisons of redlined standards. Click here to view an online demo about ASTM Web portals.

Revisions to Regulations, Form and Style
See the latest Rules&Regs column in the July/August issue of Standardization News for information about the recent changes to Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees and Form and Style for ASTM Standards that were approved at the April board of directors meeting.

Professor of the Year
Candidates for the ASTM Professor of the Year Award include professors and instructors at accredited universities worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding use of ASTM standards in their teaching. Cash awards will be given to the winning educator and his/her university. Visit the Campus section of the ASTM Web site for more information.

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

Hand Sanitizers
Committee E35 is developing a new test method that will measure the antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on people’s hands. [Full story]

Fire Resistance
Subcommittee E05.11 on Fire Resistance is working on test methods for vented construction systems, furnace exposure on test samples and tunnel fire resistance. [Full story]

Unmanned Aircraft
ASTM Committee F38 wil be holding meetings at ASTM headquarters on July 22 and 23. [Full story]

Vapor Intrusion
A survey of users of Committee E50's vapor intrusion standard has led to several proposed revisions for clarification as well as for technical and legal concerns. [Full story]

Committee D13 is developing a new standard for the testing of side curtain airbags. [Full story]

Eye Safety for Sports
Committee F08 is continuing its work to develop and maintain eyewear standards for a variety of sports. [Full story]

Traffic Intersection Data
Being able to compile and interpret data on how traffic turns through an intersection is the subject of a new Committee E17 standard. [Full story]

PVC Pressure Fittings
Committee F17 is developing an efficient means to standardize fabricated polyvinyl chloride pressure fittings that are used in a variety of piping applications. [Full story]

A new guide from Committee G01 provides a means for electrochemical testing for corrosion. [Full story]

Committee D16's latest test method can be used to determine both trace impurities as well the purity of toluene, mixed xylenes and p-xylene. [Full story]

Traffic Coatings
Two new standards from Committee D01 will cover the sampling of waterborne traffic paint and glass bead gradation measurement. [Full story]

Soil Density
Committee D18 has filled the need for a standard that outlines procedures for soil density testing. [Full story]

Charpy Tests
Engineers and researchers who have specialized Charpy testing needs will be the primary users of two new standards from Committee E28. [Full story]

Rock Abrasivity
Committee D18's new standard for measuring rock abrasivity will aid mechanical excavation projects in several ways. [Full story]

All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a new Committee D05 test method on sulfur forms in coal. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

Democratic Republic of Congo
In June, Mme. Annie Bakambamba Bululu, chief of the Department of Importation Controls from the Office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC) of the Democratic Republic of Congo, visited ASTM headquarters and met with staff from ASTM's global cooperation division. ASTM and the OCC signed a memorandum of understanding in May 2007.

Also in June, ASTM staff members met with Mr. Haim Rachmiel, director, Standardization Division, Standardization Institution of Israel (SII), to give an overview of ASTM, including technical committees, balloting and more. A memorandum of understanding between ASTM and SII was signed in July 2007. View more information about the ASTM MOU program here.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Staycation Standards

With many families choosing home-based vacations (also known as “staycations”) during these tough economic times, it is important to remember safety first, even if you are not traveling far from home. There are ASTM standards for a variety of items used for outdoor summer fun, whether you are camping in your own backyard or relaxing on your favorite lawn furniture. Check with Committee F15 for standards for outdoor equipment like home playgrounds, trampolines, inflatable amusement devices and portable pools. For those on the go, Committee F08 has you covered with safety standards for bicycles, scooters, skateboards, fun karts and more.

PUBLICATIONS . . . Publications now available

ASTM Standards in Building Codes, 46th Edition

ASTM Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety — With Official Chinese Translation: 2nd Edition

MNL59, A Comprehensive Review of Lubricant Chemistry, Technology, Selection, and Design

ASTM Standards on Lubricant Chemistry - A Companion CD to Manual 59

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

Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings

October Committee Week, October 18-23, 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

2009 ASTM Johnson Conference:
Standardization of Mold Response

July 13-15, Burlington, VT

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


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

Oct. 20-22, Atlanta, GA

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

Nov. 9, 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

View information on current and past symposia and workshops.

Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses

Aviation Fuels
July 7-9, St. Louis, MO
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, Ft. Lauderdale, 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

July 28, San Antonio, TX
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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