eNewsDECEMBER 2010
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MNL 64, Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design

MNL 68, Crude Oil

Environmental Site Characterization

ASTM Standards for Ready-Mixed Concrete

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories
ASTM Establishes Presence on Social Media Sites
ASTM International has recently established a presence on some popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. These social media networks provide another convenient platform for members and stakeholders to receive the latest news and updates about ASTM standards development activities. Click here to learn more.
New Standards Activity on Diesel Exhaust Fluid
ASTM International, with support from the American Petroleum Institute (API), will be hosting an organizational meeting to discuss the development of consensus standards for support testing of diesel exhaust fluid. The meeting will take place on Jan. 6, 2011, at ASTM headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. Potential subjects for standards development include storage materials and containers, identification of organic impurities, determination of material suitability, shelf life of the fluid, distribution systems, climatic impact and fluid disposal. Click here to register for this free meeting on the ASTM website. [Full Story]
Public Version 2.0 of International Green Construction Code
The International Code Council has released Public Version 2.0 of the International Green Construction Code. This updated version, which incorporates 27 ASTM standards, is based on actions taken after the August Public Hearings for Version 1.0. The documents are available as adoptable language or as resource tools in the development or revision of green regulations at all jurisdictional levels, and are designed to integrate with existing I-Codes to create a new regulatory baseline for green construction. The ICC plans to release the final version of the IGCC in early 2012. ASTM is a cooperating sponsor of the IGCC. Visit the ICC website to view Version 2.0. The deadline for Version 2.0 code change submittals is Jan. 3.
In This Month's SN...Best Laboratory Practices
The cover story of the November/December SN features the 10 best practices that laboratories, test organizations and analysts should remember when performing daily analytical tests, and discusses the programs ASTM offers that address testing and training. Click here to read about how these best practices can benefit your lab.
Time to Renew Membership for 2011
Don't forget to renew your ASTM membership for 2011. It is easy to renew online at While there, check out our video, "The Value of ASTM Membership." Share it with your friends and colleagues who want to know what being an ASTM member is all about!
ASTM President's Leadership Award
Nominations are being sought for the 2011 President's Leadership Award. The President's Leadership Award recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1, 2011. 
Washington Internship for Students of Engineering
ASTM is currently accepting student nominations for the 2010 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. The application deadline for the summer 2011 WISE program is Dec. 31, 2010. 
 COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Paint Waste 
The need for better environmental practices for art studios has led to the development of a new Committee D01 standard for paint waste disposal. [Full Story]

Committee D08's new standard will provide information to consultants and contractors for assessing the condition of a roof to be coated and recommendations on how to prepare a roof for a coating. [Full Story]

Traffic Monitoring 
A new standards from Committee E17 covers truth-in data for traffic monitoring, which is a means of counting and classifying vehicles and measuring vehicle flow characteristics. [Full Story]

Caulk and Sealant Burning 
Fire test laboratories, caulk and sealant manufacturers, and code officials will be the primary users of a new Committee E05 standard on the assessment of caulk and sealant burning characteristics. [Full Story]
More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

International Workshop for Standardization of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction
Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China, made a presentation at the International Workshop for Standardization of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction, which was held in  Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, in early November.  At the workshop, Liu Fei spoke to the more than 150 attendees about the ASTM standards development process in China and ASTM  standards for energy efficiency and climate change.

Textile Conference in Mumbai  
An international conference on Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, will be held on Jan. 21 in Mumbai, India.  Sponsored by ASTM International, Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, this one-day conference will be held at the India Textile Committee Auditorium. This is the first textile industry conference ASTM has sponsored in India. [Full Story]

Training Courses in Peru and Indonesia  
ASTM continues to offer its technical and professional training programs to several national standards bodies at a minimal cost. Training courses were held recently in Peru and Indonesia. At the invitation of the Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI), the national standards body of Peru, the course, ASTM Cement and Concrete Standards: Relationship to ACI 318, was held in Lima.  In Indonesia, the three-day training course, Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes, was presented at the request of Badan Standardisasi Nasional, the national standardization agency of Indonesia, at BSN headquarters in Jakarta. Click here to learn more about ASTM's technical assistance programs.
 DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Safety for the Seasonmore3

Did You Know? often talks about toy safety during the busy holiday shopping and gift-giving season. There are so many toys to choose from, and for most parents and caregivers, the number one requirement is safety. It is important to remember that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires that all toys sold in the U.S. must be tested to ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The latest version of F963 was released in 2009 and is available on the ASTM website. Even with safer toys on the shelves, always remember that adult supervision coupled with safer toys is the best way to protect children. For more information on ASTM's commitment to toy safety, including a toy safety fact sheet, visit the Committee F15 homepage.

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