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eNewsMAY 2010
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MeetingsCALENDAR
Committee Weeks

May Committee Week
May 16-21, St. Louis, MO

June Committee Week
June 6-11, St. Louis, MO

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ASTM technical committee meetings/committee weeks.

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SymposiaSymposia/Workshops

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

Standard Reference Materials
May 18, St. Louis, MO

Fatigue Cracks
May 19, St. Louis, MO

Structural Life Forecasting
May 19, St. Louis, MO

Alkali-Aggregate Reaction
June 6, St. Louis, MO

Masonry
June 8, St. Louis, MO

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Technical/Professional
Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
August 17-19, Boston, MA

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

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 18-19, Conshohocken, PA

Gasoline
May 11-13, Las Vegas, NV

Marine Fuels
May 11-13, Miami, FL

Phase I/Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
May 4-6, Austin, TX
May 11-13, Elk Grove Village, IL
June 15-17, Little Rock, AR

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
May 11-12, Boston, MA
June 1-2, San Diego, CA

Plastics
May 11-13, New Orleans, LA
June 8-10, Akron, OH

Property Condition Assessments
June 1-2, Conshohocken, PA

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
May 19, Elk Grove Village, IL

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Furniture, Mattresses, Bedding
May 4-5, Grand Rapids, MI
June 24-25, Conshohocken, PA

Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Wearing Apparel
May 18, Elk Grove Village, IL

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 11-12, Lansing, MI

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HeadlineHEADLINES...This month's top stories
Video Promotes Membership in ASTM
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Comments on International Green Construction Code Accepted Until May 14
Users have until May 14 to participate in the public comment period of Version 1.0 of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) on the ICC site. The IGCC is the first code to address regulation of green construction. ASTM International is a Cooperating Sponsor of the IGCC. The International Code Council has also announced that May is Building Safety Month, a campaign to increase awareness about the critical importance of building and designing safe, sustainable and green structures worldwide.
U.S. State Enacts Biobased Products Law Predicated on ASTM Standard   
Ohio recently became the first state in the U.S. to establish a preferred purchasing program for biobased products with a law requiring state agencies and state-supported colleges and universities to purchase biobased products when available. Modeled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred program, the new law states that biobased content is to be determined by testing to ASTM D6866, Standard Test Method for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis.
Fire-Safe Cigarette Law Passed in 50 States
In March, Wyoming became the final state in the U.S. to pass fire-safe cigarette legislation. By July 2011, all 50 state laws will be in effect requiring that all cigarettes sold must adhere to an established fire safety performance standard that is based on ASTM E2187, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cigarettes are the leading cause of home fire fatalities. A fire-safe cigarette has a reduced propensity to burn when left unattended.
Annual Business Meeting
The 2010 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held on June 9 in St. Louis, Mo., as part of the June committee week. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.
Upcoming Online Member Workshops
Upcoming free training workshops include New Member Orientation, Work Item Collaboration Area Training, and Balloting and Handling Negative Votes. Visit the ASTM Web site to view course schedules and to register.
CommitteeNews COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Engine Coolants 
Committee D15 is working on a series of new standards on the replacement of ethylene glycol with more environmentally friendly glycerin in antifreeze.
[Full Story]

Personal Protective Clothing
All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a new Committee F23 standard on product certifications for personal protective clothing and equipment. [Full Story]

Antimicrobial Agents 
Manufacturers developing treated fabrics or air filters will be the primary users
of Committee E35's new standard.
[Full Story]


Airfield Pavement
Committee E17 is developing a new standard on profilograph simulation for airfield pavement. [Full Story]

Field Pyranometers
Committee G03's new test method will address issues associated with intercalibration of different makes and models of radiometry instrumentation. [Full Story]

Medical Gloves
A task group within Committee D11 is developing standards for antimicrobial medical gloves.
[Full Story]


Cyanide Analysis  

Committee D19 is working on a new guide that will assist those who want to work in compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code. [Full Story]

Textiles  
Committee D13's new standard will allow designers to determine how tight or compressive a garment will feel. [Full Story]

Metallography 
A revision to Committee E04's test method on Knoop and Vickers hardness of materials expands its range of coverage.
[Full Story]

Liquid Threats on Protective Clothing
Committee F23's new standard will cover the specific needs of law enforcement officers.
[Full Story]

More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

Standards Expert Program
The ASTM International Standards Expert Program (SEP) will continue later this month when representatives from the standards bodies of South Africa and Vietnam arrive at ASTM headquarters to participate in the one-month training program. The experts will learn about ASTM and the standards development process, attend the June committee week, and visit federal government agencies and U.S.-based standards development organizations in Washington, D.C. Visit the Global section of the ASTM Web site for more information about the SEP program

Workshops in Korea and China
ASTM members and staff participated in workshops held in China and Korea in April. The event in Seoul, Korea, was conducted in collaboration with the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). Topics at that workshop included textile and consumer safety standards as well as the role standards play in the nuclear energy and steel sectors. ASTM and KATS signed a memorandum of understanding in 2006. The China workshop, titled "Workshop on ASTM Metals Standards and Application" was jointly sponsored by ASTM and the China National Institute of Standardization and was held in Beijing.
 DID YOU KNOW? . . . Keeping the Workplace a Safe Place
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year. In order to raise awareness of such hazards and to educate people about the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities in the home and in the workplace, ESFI has designated May as National Electrical Safety Month. A different electrical safety topic will be addressed each week in May. The last week focuses on "Electrical Safety in the Field." For more than 35 years, ASTM Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers has developed standards to help keep electrical workers safe. F18 oversees 42 standards that cover topics such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools and protective and fire-resistant apparel. Electrical workers can face many hazards and must be fully protected to prevent injuries. The members of Committee F18, which includes safety officers, utility workers and laboratory technicians, are dedicated to keeping these workers safe through ASTM standards.