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Jeffrey Grove Named New ASTM Washington Representative

ASTM International is pleased to announce that Jeffrey H. Grove has joined the staff as ASTM’s Washington representative.

Grove comes to ASTM with over a decade’s worth of Washington-based public policy experience. In 2001, he was selected to open a Washington office for the Association for Computer Machinery, a New York-based international professional society of 75,000 information technology researchers, engineers, and related professionals. In his position as director of public policy for ACM, Grove worked closely with that organization’s volunteer leadership and committees in the development and implementation of policy.

Prior to his ACM position, Grove worked for the U.S. Congress House Committee on Science as the staff director for the Subcommittee on Technology. The subcommittee was charged with the responsibility to oversee the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

Grove began his career in Washington in the office of Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., where he ultimately served as senior legislative assistant. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from the University of Wisconsin — La Crosse and earned an M.A. in international commerce and policy from George Mason University School of Public Policy.

In his new position, Grove will be responsible for building strong government and industry awareness, recognition, and support for ASTM International. This will be done by building and maintaining relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and congressional staff, federal regulatory and procurement departments, independent agencies, the American National Standards Institute, other standards development and code organizations, trade associations and professional societies located in Washington, D.C. //

ASTM Subcommittee on Self-Consolidating Concrete Represented at Colombia Workshop

Martin Vachon, chair, ASTM International Subcommittee C09.47 on Self-Consolidating Concrete, and Jim Olshefsky, ASTM director of committee services and staff manager of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, journeyed to Cartagena, Colombia, in September, where they participated in the Ibero American Concrete Meeting 2004 (FIHP) and the RC 2004, a series of educational seminars and trade shows that brought together concrete readymix producers from around the world.

Vachon and Olshefsky received an invitation to attend the conference from Manuel Lascarro, director of special projects, ASOCRETO (Asociación Colombiana de Productores de Concreto).

Vachon made a technical presentation on self-consolidating concrete during the FIHP meeting. During the RC 2004, Vachon and Olshefsky gave two special workshops that included Vachon’s presentation on global uses of self-consolidating concrete along with an overview of ASTM International and the use of electronic tools in creating standards given by Olshefsky.

Olshefsky says that the trip was quite productive, noting that over 300 people attended the workshops. “Our trip to Colombia was extremely successful from the standpoint that we had a chance to nurture relationships through which we can share technical information and involve new international members in the ASTM process,” Olshefsky says. “In many of the presentations that I attended, it was clear that the global standards of ASTM International were widely accepted as a result of their high quality and marketplace relevance.”//

Going Global with ASTM Professional Training Programs: A Textile Industry Case History

ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles held four one-day sessions on apparel and children’s sleepwear flammability in Hong Kong in August. The sessions, which were run by ASTM’s Technical and Professional Training Program and hosted by the William Carter Company and Kellwood Industries, were attended by 69 students from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.

The primary goal of the sessions was to inform global businesses about the U.S. flammability requirements for apparel and children’s sleepwear so that they can supply products that will comply with the regulations. Course materials address: how the regulations were developed; how they provide consumer safety; what the legal obligations of companies involved in the production and/or distribution of children’s sleepwear are; how textile materials and garments are manufactured, and their burning characteristics; how to conduct the test methods and interpret the data; and how to use and apply the ASTM standards used in conjunction with the U.S. federal regulations.

A secondary goal of the TPT classes is to meet industry’s needs. Businesses want this information in a concise package and in a format that’s easy to understand. The one-day training class provides ample time to study the concepts, apply them to real-world examples, and gives each student an opportunity to meet with professionals in the field and to ask questions. The course notebooks are designed to reemphasize the key concepts and to serve as a handy reference tool after the session is over.

The textile and apparel industry has been a trend-setter for years and is representative of the international globalization occurring in today’s marketplace. It’s not uncommon to have four or more countries involved in the manufacturing and distribution of a single apparel item (e.g., thread from Taiwan, fabrics from China and Korea, garment made in Thailand and exported to the United States). In the 1980s, nearly 85 percent of all textiles and apparel purchased in the United States was manufactured in the country. Conversely today 85 percent or more of these products are manufactured in other countries and exported to the United States. Our recent experiences with the ASTM Technical and Professional Training Program classes reflect these global sourcing trends based on the number of international participants in the courses.

The sponsors of the workshops in Hong Kong are well-known in the textile industry. The Carter Company is a leading supplier and retailer of children’s items, while Kellwood Industries manufactures and supplies apparel under 45 different brand names.

—Kay Villa
ASTM Course Instructor
Chairman, ASTM D 13 Textiles
Member, ASTM D13, E05, and F23

ASTM Staff Participate in NIST Standards in Trade Workshop

ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska and Tom O’Toole participated in a National Institute of Standards and Technology Standards in Trade workshop for a delegation of fire research and protection professionals from China in September. Cendrowska, ASTM’s director of external relations, and O’Toole, staff manager for Committee E05 on Fire Standards, presented a module on the use of standards in regulations at the Fire Protection in the Built Environment Standards in Trade workshop held at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md.

The objective of the workshop was to provide a forum for a discussion of fire safety which included information on codes, standards development, conformity assessment and regulation between the United States and China. This forum provides attendees with the opportunity to address the role and authority of fire protection across relevant agencies and organizations, discuss best practices in developing comprehensive and sound fire protection systems and identify current and future challenges in which the United States and China could cooperate.

Standards in Trade workshops are designed by NIST to provide timely information to foreign standards officials on U.S. practices in standards and conformity assessment. Objectives of the workshops are to 1) familiarize participants with U.S. technology and practices in metrology, standardization, and conformity assessment; 2) describe and understand the roles of the U.S. government and the private sector in developing and implementing standards; and 3) develop professional contacts as a basis for strengthening technical ties and enhancing trade. The workshops are a major activity of the Global Standards and Information Group in the NIST Standards Service Division. //

Ruben Rosas Robles, representing the Confederation of Mexican Industrial Chambers, and Luis Ordonez, ASTM International’s Mexican representative, visited ASTM headquarters in October to discuss Mexican standardization issues and potential avenues for closer cooperation between Mexico and ASTM. Pictured from left, Kitty Kono and Teresa Cendrowska of the ASTM staff, Robles, and Ordonez.

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