eNews FEBRUARY 2010
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April Committee Week
April 18-23, St. Louis, MO

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May 16-21, St. Louis, MO

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Antimicrobial Copper
April 21, St. Louis, MO

Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry
May 9-13, Sichuan Province, China

Bone Grafts
May 18, St. Louis, MO

Knee Replacement Devices
May 18, St. Louis, MO

Structural Life Forecasting
May 19, St. Louis, MO

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Aviation Fuels
Feb. 23-25, San Diego, CA
April 27-29, Conshohocken, PA

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
May 19-20, St. Louis, MO

Corrosion Testing
April 13-14, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
Feb. 8-10, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuels
March 16-18, Phoenix, AZ
April 20-22, New Orleans, LA

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
March 23-24, San Diego, CA
May 18-19, Conshohocken, PA

May 11-13, Las Vegas, NV

Marine Fuels
May 11-13, Miami, FL

Phase I/Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
Feb. 2-4, Albuquerque, NM 
March 23-25, Conshohocken, PA
April 20-22, Phoenix, AZ

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
March 23-24, Las Vegas, NV   April 13-14, Orlando, FL
April 27-28, San Antonio, TX

May 4-6, New Orleans, LA

Property Condition Assessment
April 13-14, Phoenix, AZ

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
April 15, New York, NY
May 19, Chicago, IL

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Upholstered Furniture/Mattresses/Bedding
May 4-5, Grand Rapids, MI

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Wearing Apparel
April 14, New York, NY
May 18, Chicago, IL

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
March 16-17, Pittsburgh, PA
May 11-12, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
March 10-11, Akron, OH

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HeadlineHEADLINES...This month's top stories

Updates to Online Collaboration Areas

Updates have been made to the online task group collaboration workspaces that were first launched last March. Thousands of ASTM members currently use the collaboration areas, which allow users to comment on draft standards prior to ballot. Updates include a simpler tab-based design for faster navigation, a "what's new" section that shows any recent additions by other participants, and a new history tracker that captures all past activity. Visit the "My Online Task Groups" in the "My ASTM" section of the Web site to view the updates.
Award Nominations
ASTM is seeking nominations for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award (deadline April 1) and the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award (deadline April 15). For more information, visit the ASTM Web site or contact
ASTM's Virtual Classroom
A total of eight one-hour online training workshops are available free of charge to all ASTM members. Visit the ASTM Web site for 2010 course schedules and to register.
CommitteeNews COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Road and Paving Materials

A new D04 standard covers determination of complex shear modulus of bituminous mixtures. [Full Story]

Homeland Security
Committee E54's new standard will provide advice and best practices for the creation of emergency operations centers. [Full Story]

Nuclear Technology
Committee E10 has approved two new standards that cover dosimetry in radiation processing.
[Full Story]

Protective Clothing 
A new specification from Committee F23 covers protective clothing worn by operators using pesticides.
[Full Story]

Steel Sheet
Revisions to two steel standards will clarify thickness tolerances for both uncoated and coated steel sheet products.
[Full Story]

Restricted Substances
Manufacturers, buyers and designers who deal with plastics and polymers will be the primary users of a new standard from Committee F40.
[Full Story]

Cleaning Products
All interested parties are invited to join in the development of a new D12 standard that will cover cleaning products for kitchen surfaces. [Full Story]

Plastic Piping
Committee F17 is working on a standard that will allow gas utility companies to better identify underground assets, such as different types of pipe, fittings and components.
[Full Story]

Road and Paving
State highway agencies, paving contractors and companies that develop technology associated with paving materials will be the primary users of a new D04 standard. [Full Story]

Dry Mortar
Committee C12's newest standard addresses specific issues related to preblended dry mortar, which is often used in construction. [Full Story]

More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

ASTM Signs MOU with Oman
ASTM has signed an official memorandum of understanding with the Directorate General for Standards and Metrology (DGSM) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. To date, 68 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program.

Hong Kong
Mr. Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China, and Kitty Pilarz, vice chairman of the ASTM board of directors and a vice chair on Committee F15 on Consumer Products, represented ASTM at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Toy Safety Initiative held Jan. 12 in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Toy Industry Association and the Hong Kong Toys Council, the conference featured presentations by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the European Commission and China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of PRC, and included discussions on ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.

Delegates from China and Japan Visit ASTM
On Jan. 22, delegates from China and Japan visited ASTM headquarters. The Chinese group included representatives from the China Association for Standardization (CAS), while the Japan delegates were from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Mitsubishi Research Institute.
 DID YOU KNOW? . . . Olympics - Safety and Standards
The XXI Olympic Winter Games will be held Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Hundreds of athletes will represent more than 80 countries as they compete in 15 winter sports that include alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey. ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities includes Subcommittee F08.15 on Ice Hockey, a group that has developed important safety standards for helmets and eye and face protective equipment for ice hockey players, as well as F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets, which has published standards for helmets used in speed ice skating and other recreational snow sports. Subcommittee F08.66 on Sports Facilities has standards that could be useful for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) in preparing certain venues for the games, including standard guides for ice hockey playing facilities and layout of ice arenas. Not to be forgotten is Committee F27 on Snow Skiing, which has developed more than 13 standards that cover topics such as safe bindings and boots for both skis and snowboards. Best of luck to the athletes and all those involved for a successful and safe XXI Olympic Winter Games.
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