In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our priority for the health and welfare of our members and staff, ASTM International has decided that it is inadvisable and impractical to hold the committee meetings in Prague on April 27-May 1. The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
    • Input from our members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Prague.
    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

    Staff managers will be contacting committee leaders to plan alternatives for conducting committee business. For any committees that collected money for events, ASTM will work to issue refunds as necessary. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations.

    Looking forward, we will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future scheduled ASTM meetings and events. Please consult our meeting webpage for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to ASTM International.

    D22 Air Quality

    About the Event

    The Michael E. Beard Conference: Asbestos and Fibrous Minerals Analysis and Research will be held Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, 2019. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, the conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the committee.

    The ASTM Johnson Conferences on Asbestos have served as a forum for the discussion of asbestos issues approximately every third summer from 1986 through 2017. These conferences have been a major contributor to the advancement and understanding of asbestos in a number of areas including analysis, quality assurance, methods development, regulations, and monitoring technology. Unfortunately, there are members of the asbestos analytical community who are not able to attend a summer conference because that tends to be a very busy time for them. As a solution, the Michael E. Beard Conference was established as an 'interim' ASTM D22 Conference halfway between the triennial summer Johnson Conferences.

    This meeting is a two-day set of presentations on asbestos topics of interest to those who work in laboratories, those who use laboratory analytical data, and those who need to understand how to interpret asbestos analytical results. The meeting will follow the policies established for the Johnson Conferences to encourage the presentation of the most recent work in the field and to allow open and frank discussion of new ideas and possible interpretation of the data. Thus no proceedings from the conference will be published, and recording of presentations will not be permitted.

    The conference will be divided into four sessions: 1. Asbestos Definitions and Terminology: Toward an Accurate, Relevant, and Cohesive Understanding, 2. Natural Occurrences of Asbestos, Erionite, Taconite, and Other Elongate Mineral Particles of Health Concern: Sampling and Analytical Challenges, 3. The New Paradigm of Asbestos Analysis: Asbestos Commercial Analytical Issues and Asbestos Research Analytical Issues, and 4. Advancing the Quality and Efficiency of Laboratory Asbestos/Mineral Analysis: Training, Equipment, Information Management, and Techniques.

    This ASTM-International Conference is dedicated to the memory of Michael E. Beard (1940 - 2008). Mr. Beard served for many years as the Chair of ASTM Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos. This subcommittee remains responsible for developing methods and guides for monitoring asbestos in various media. One of Mike's most memorable contributions was in the long-term stewarding of the ASTM Johnson Asbestos Conferences

    The language of the conference will be English.

    2019 Michael Beard Conference Flyer

    Technical Program

    To view the tentative technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), click on View program Schedule (PDF)

    Registration Information

    Online registration is now open and closes March 27, 2019. The fees to attend this conference are listed below. These fees include admittance to the Thursday evening reception (cash bar).

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to only the technical sessions.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the conference. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at conference.

    A refund of the conference fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the conference. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9568.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee395.00450.00
    Non-Member Fee425.00475.00
    Presenter Fee395.00450.00
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Symposium attendees interested in receiving 1.45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the symposium, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the conference is available from Conference Session Chairmen:

    Owen CrankshawEd CahillJeanne SpencerJulie PierDon Halterman
    Crankshaw Scientific ConsultingEMSL AnalyticalReservoirs Environmental IncIMERYSUS Dept. Of Labor – OSHA

    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202.

    Hotel Reservations: Staying at our contracted hotel is important to ASTM, to the destination where we are holding this meeting, and ultimately to you as an ASTM member. When you book a hotel outside of the block, and a contracted room goes unsold, we must pay penalty fees to the hotel. Please support ASTM by reserving your sleeping room at our official hotel.Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton Downtown Denver.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 303-893-3333 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

    The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than March 4th, 2019. ASTM rates are $189 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

    The Sheraton Downtown Denver has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $181. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton Government Reservations. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received before end of business day (5pm) prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge. Failure to do so will incur a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: High Speed Internet is available in guest rooms for a daily surcharge.

    ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.

    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 24.0 miles/30-35 minutes from the Denver International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (303)-893-3333 and the general fax number is (303)-626-2543. The website for the hotel is Sheraton Downtown Denver.

    For information on the city of Denver, visit the Denver Colorado Convention and Visitors Bureau at Visit Denver.

    RIDESHARING PROGRAM: Transportation Network Providers (TNP), also referred to as a “rideshare” company, provide prearranged transportation through an app, connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. Lyft and Uber are TNP companies operating in Denver.

    Uber is offering your first ride FREE (up to $20) for first time riders only. Download the app or visit and enter the code UBERON20.

    PARKING: Valet parking is avaiable for a rate of $49 daily. Self-parking is also available for a rate of $41 daily.

    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Denver. The average temperatures in April range from a high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton Downtown Denver is in compliance with ADA standards.

    Standards Development Meetings

    Schedules for the April 2019 meetings of Committee D22 are posted on the ASTM website at D22 Meeting Schedule or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Ashley Wiand at, or tel: 610-832-9738.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee D22 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about future D22 meetings, please visit D22 Future Meetings.


    Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton Downtown Denver is in compliance with ADA standards.

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