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    • 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.
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    F23 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

    Title: 11th Symposium on Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: Innovative Solutions to Evolving Challenges

    Dates: Thursday June 06 2019 - Friday June 07 2019

    Location: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel; Denver, CO

    Event Name: June 2019 Committee Week

    About The Event

    Registration Information

    Continuing Education Units

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Hotel Information

    Transportation and Directions

    Future Meeting Dates


    About the Event

    The 11th Symposium on Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: Innovative Solutions to Evolving Challenges will be held June 6-7, 2019. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of committee.

    The symposium objective is to provide a forum for discussing the current state and future of the Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment Industry.

    Specific objectives are to:

    1. Showcase current research and advances in personal protective clothing and equipment
    2. Define and discuss challenges facing those developing, testing, and using personal protective clothing and equipment
    3. Promote communication and information sharing between researchers, manufacturers, users, and government agencies
    4. Assess the need for new and/or revised Standards

    Papers are invited on the following topics:

    • Collaboration between Academic Research, Equipment Manufacturers, and Government Entities to bring improved Personal Protective Equipment* to the market that address evolving needs.
    • New/Emerging technologies in Personal Protective Equipment*
    • New/Emerging laboratory techniques for evaluating Personal Protective Equipment*
    • Correlating laboratory test methods with actual field exposures to Personal Protective Equipment*
    • Practical application of ASTM Standards in evaluating Personal Protective Equipment*
    • Identifying shortcomings (opportunities for improvement) in existing ASTM Standards for evaluation of Personal Protective Equipment*

    *NOTE: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes clothing and equipment intended for protection from physical, ballistic, chemical, biological, radiological, respiratory, and flame and thermal hazards.

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Registration Information

    Online registration now open and closes May 29, 2019. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below. These fees include entrance to the Thursday evening reception a copy of the resulting STP.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he or 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. Please note that the waived fee does not include a copy of the resulting STP.

    All Attendees – 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 symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

    A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the symposium. 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 Fee275.00300.00
    Non-Member Fee300.00325.00
    Presenter Fee275.00300.00
    Session Chair275.00300.00
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Symposium attendees interested in receiving 1.1 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 symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen:

    Karen Lehtonen
    Tel: 937-415-2932

    Brian Shiels
    Tel: 704-620-2989

    Bryan Ormond
    NC State University
    Tel: 919-524-1569

    Hotel Information

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

    Hotel Reservations: Staying at our contracted Hotel is important to ASTM International and ultimately to you as an ASTM member. When you stay outside of the official ASTM International guest room block, ASTM is charged a penalty fee when our contractual guest room commitment is not realized. Please support ASTM by reserving your sleeping room at our official hotel. Reservations may be made via an online reservation system at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel .

    ASTM International blocks the appropriate amount of sleeping rooms at the conference hotel during the dates of the ASTM International meeting, Sunday through Thursday.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-888-627-8405 (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 May 3rd, 2019. ASTM rates are $199 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 Denver Downtown Hotel 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.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT/ CANCELLATION POLICY: At the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received before end of business day (5pm), 72 hours prior to the 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.

    INTERNET: High Speed Internet is available in guest rooms for a daily surcharge. Marriott Bonvoy Members will receive free basic wi-fi in guest rooms when a rewards number is supplied at booking or check-in.

    LOCAL HOTELS: For more hotels in the Denver Area please visit VISIT DENVER HOTEL LIST .

    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 available for a rate of $49 daily. Self-parking is also available for a rate of $41 daily.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F23 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 F23 meetings, please visit F23 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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