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Protect Paintball Spectators with Reliable Netting Installations

Effectively installed paintball-barrier netting can reduce spectator injuries by surrounding playing fields, chronograph areas, and target ranges. Guidance for netting installation and repair, based on current state-of-the-art technology, is available in ASTM F 2184, Standard Guide for Installation of Paintball Barrier Netting.

ASTM International published F 2184 in June with broad industry approval. Representatives from insurance, netting distribution, field operations, and manufacturers of paintballs and paintball-markers developed the standard, says ASTM member Michael J. Ratko, vice president, Technical Development, Procaps Inc., Montreal.

Members of ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities voted to create the guide after seeing poorly-installed netting at some paintball events. Netting that is loose or has gaps is highly likely to cause spectator injury, Ratko says: “Spectators do not expect to be part of the action and do not wear appropriate safety equipment like goggle systems designed specifically for paintball [described in ASTM F 1776, Standard Specification for Eye Protective Devices for Paintball Sports].”

This is ASTM’s seventh paintball standard. In the introduction of installation guide F 2184, writers of the standard state, “Although surrounding an active playing field with paintball-barrier netting cannot eliminate all injuries, paintball-barrier netting can substantially reduce the severity and frequency of injuries when properly installed.” ASTM Subcommittee F08.24 on Paintball and Equipment will maintain and update the guide. They welcome additional participation in this activity.

For further technical information, contact Michael J. Ratko, vice president, Technical Development, Procaps Inc., Montreal, Quebec (phone: 514/337-1779, ext. 229). Committee F08 meets Nov. 6-9 in Miami Beach. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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