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May/June 2008
Editor's Note

For Your Amusement

Maryann GormanThis may seem like a strange way to look at a technical committee, but ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices actually works for your amusement. To be more precise, the standards developed by Committee F24 help ensure that when you take your family to the amusement park, all you’ll experience on the rides is the shiver and thrill of mock-danger rather than any actual jeopardy.

It’s been 30 years since Committee F24 first brought together industry stakeholders in a bid to standardize elements of amusement ride safety such as design, manufacture, maintenance and inspection for rides found in large theme parks, water parks and traveling carnivals. In that time, the committee has grown to 500 members representing interests from North America to Europe and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim — and the influence of its standards has naturally followed into those regions. For an interesting peek into the work of Committee F24 and the value of its standards to regulators, the amusement industry and you, click here.

Meanwhile, there are other high points of this issue that I’d like to point out. Of the feedback we’ve received about the “new SN,” one of the most consistent reactions has been puzzlement over the loss of the standards actions listing. If you are one of the many people who referred to that monthly list of actions taken on ASTM standards, please take a few minutes to read the EnRoute column to find out how you can receive updates of standards actions through the ASTM Web site.

Finally, two other articles this month show ASTM’s recent past and present in bold relief. If you are up on your ASTM history, you may have realized that 2008 is ASTM’s 110th anniversary. Click here for a 10-page photo feature that highlights some of the many developments in ASTM since 1998, including the addition of “International” to our name and many of the initiatives undertaken in the wake of that change. This is part one of a two-part feature, so check back in the next issue for more.

And you can gauge the current state of ASTM International by reading an exciting interview with ASTM’s president, James A. Thomas. While Jim has written a “Plain Talk” column for SN since 1999, this is the first time we’ve interviewed him for the magazine. I think you’ll find his answers to questions about ASTM’s new commitment to creating a presence in Europe, our work with industry and government leaders to promote greater interest in standardization, intellectual property issues and more to be of direct relevance to you in your standards development activities.

Maryann Gorman
Editor in Chief