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.

    E35 Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Agents


    About the Event

    A Workshop on The Role of Indoor Air as a Vehicle for Human Pathogens will be held Wednesday, April 13. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials and Alternative Control Agents, the workshop will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the committee.

    The mounting appreciation of indoor air as a vehicle for infectious agents is leading government agencies (e.g., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to update and refine their guidelines for regulatory purposes, civil engineers and architects are interested in innovative means of making indoor air in domestic as well as work settings safer while conserving energy. While test protocols exist to study the spread of chemical pollutants and allergens via air, there continues to be a general lack of suitable experimental facilities to quantitatively assess pathogen survival in air and also their removal/inactivation by physical and chemical means.

    This workshop has been developed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on current research on the role of indoor air in the spread of human pathogens with particular emphasis on protocols to study airborne microbial survival, modelling of microbial movements in indoor air, and technologies for indoor air decontamination. The deliberations will also focus on the development of standards for assessing indoor air decontamination technologies as well as government regulations for registration of products to be marketed.

    Technical Program

    A technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters' names) is posted on the ASTM website.


    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes April 6, 2016. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below. These fees include:

    -the Wednesday luncheon
    -the Wednesday evening reception
    -workshop-related expenses

    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 the technical sessions only.

    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 workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    Cancellation
    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at hsparks@astm.org or 610-832-9678.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at hsparks@astm.org, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Preregistration On Site
    ASTM Member Fee150.00150.00
    Non-Member Fee150.00150.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, 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 workshop.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman John A. Mitchell, Wordsmith Scientific and Regulatory, LLC, Bozeman, MT, wordsmith.jam@gmail.com, (406) 580-7163 and Workshop Co-Chairman: Dr. M. Khalid Ijaz, RB, Montvale, NJ, Khalid.Ijaz@rb.com, (201) 573-7707


    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Grand Hyatt san Antonio, 600 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78205. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Grand Hyatt Reservations.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at (210) 224-1234 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than March 11, 2016. ASTM rates are $155 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 Grand Hyatt San Antonio has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Grand Hyatt 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.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT: The Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 48 hours prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.

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

    INTERNET: The hotel offers complimentary wireless connections in the guest rooms and public spaces.


    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 9 miles/11 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (210) 224-1234 and the general fax number is (210) 212-9522. The website for the hotel is Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel.

    For information on the city of San Antonio, visit the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at Visit San Antonio.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle transportation to and from the San Antonio International Airport is available for a fee by SATRANS, the city's official airport shuttle, between 7:00 AM and 1:00 AM, daily.Reservations are required. Their phone number is (210) 281-9900. To make a reservation online, visit San Antonio Airport Shuttle. Taxis cost approximately $30 one way.

    PARKING: The hotel provides valet parking at a cost of $39 daily while self parking has a cost of $29 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 San Antonio. The average temperatures in April range from a high of 81 degrees to a low of 58 degrees.


    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee E35 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/E35.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, Brian Milewski at bmilewski@astm.org or tel: 610-832-9619.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee E35 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, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".


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