eNewsJANUARY 2011

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ASTM Publications

STP 1477, Biofuels

ASTM Standards for
Managing Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases

MNL 64, Intensive
Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design

MNL 68, Crude Oil

Environmental Site Characterization

ASTM Interactive Catalogs:
2011 Book of Standards
ASTM Products
Metals Industry


Committee Weeks

January Committee Week
Jan. 30-Feb. 4, Baltimore, MD

April Committee Week
April 10-15, Anaheim, CA


Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
Feb. 22-24, Seattle, WA
March 29-31, Tampa, FL

Crude Oil
April 18-20, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuel
March 22-24, Houston, TX
April 26-28, Conshohocken, PA

Flammability of Wearing Apparel
April 27, New York, NY

Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
April 28, New York, NY

Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses, and Bedding Sold in the U.S.
Jan. 24-25, Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 17-18, Tupelo, MS

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

April 5-7, Phoenix, AZ
April 26-28, Atlanta, GA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
April 5-6, San Diego, CA
April 26-27, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Property Condition Assessments
April 12-13, Orlando, FL
Rubber Testing
March 10-11, Akron, OH

Vapor Encroachment
Screening on Property for Real Estate Transactions

March 22, Minneapolis, MN
March 23, Detroit, MI
March 24, Cincinnati, OH
April 12, Anaheim, CA
April 19, St. Louis, MO
April 20, Denver, CO

Copyright 2011 ASTM International
HEADLINES...This month's top stories
Meet the 2011 Chairman of the Board
The 2011 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors is Catherine H. (Kitty) Pilarz, senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety in East Aurora, N.Y. Pilarz, a member of the ASTM board since 2006, is vice chairman of new projects for Committee F15 on Consumer Products, co-chairman of Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables, and a participant in many other F15 subcommittees. In her professional position, Pilarz is responsible for the safety policy of the Mattel and Fisher-Price product lines. To learn more about Kitty and her work, read a full interview from the January/February issue of ASTM Standardization News.
International Year of Chemistry
The American Chemical Society has announced that 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). The goal of IYC 2011 is to bring attention to the nature and value of chemistry and related sciences. ACS will celebrate the IYC throughout the year by hosting events related to four quarterly outreach themes: environment, energy, materials and health. The first quarter will focus on water in the environment, and the second quarter will introduce the topic of alternative energy as a key aspect of sustainability. For more on IYC 2011, visit the ACS website.  ASTM standards make a vital contribution to research, production and environmental safety throughout the chemical sector.  Click here for an overview of ASTM chemical standards.
ASTM is on Social Media Sites
Are you active on social media sites? Don't forget to check out ASTM's pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ASTM student members can find separate "student fan" Facebook and Twitter pages just for them.
ASTM President's Leadership Award
Nominations are being sought for the 2011 President's Leadership Award. The 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. 
Nominations for Cavanaugh Memorial Award
ASTM is seeking nominations for the 2011 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system that has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees may or may not be members of ASTM International. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Visit the ASTM website for additional information and nominating procedures.  
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees
Crib Safety  
The CPSC has approved the inclusion of two Committee F15 standards for full-size and non full-size cribs in regulatory requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. [Full Story]

Aviation Fuels 
Committee D02 is working on a proposed new standard for analysis of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE) by gas chromatography. [Full Story]

Emergency Management  
A new standard from Committee E54 addresses the most effective ways to manage resources when disaster strikes. [Full Story]

Firestop Systems  
A proposed new Committee E06 standard will facilitate coordination between designers and installers of firestop systems in construction projects. [Full Story]

Carbon Black 
New regulations by the U.S. EPA to mandate greenhouse gas reporting in the U.S. carbon black industry have led to a new Committee D24 standard. [Full Story]

Wood Burning Heaters  
Committee E06 has developed two new standards on particulate matter emissions that may be referenced in the revised New Source Performance Standards for wood burning heaters. [Full Story]

Underground Storage Tanks  

Committee E50's new standard provides a procedure that can be used to determine the cause of petroleum releases from underground storage tanks. [Full Story]

Gaseous Fuels  
Committee D03's newest standards address stakeholder needs for sampling and determination of particulate matter in hydrogen fuel used as cell feed gas. [Full Story]
Zinc Alloys  
Committee B02 is working on a proposed new standard for zinc alloys being used for spin casting. [Full Story]

Sensory Evaluation  
Committee E18 is developing a new standard that will offer guidelines for product selection. [Full Story]

Ship Repair  
Committee F25 is working on a new standard for doublers, which are temporary steel patches that many ship owners and operators use when repairing ship structures. [Full Story]

Gas Content of Coal   
Committee D05's new standard is the first to describe a method for determining the gas content of coal from such sources as desorption. [Full Story]

Effects of Consumer Products on Skin  
A new Committee F04 standard can be used to test the chemical irritation potential of a material and the effects of mechanical irritation to the skin. [Full Story]

Security Engineering Symbols
All interested parties are invited to participate in the revision of Committee F12's standard on security engineering symbols. [Full Story]

Steam Cleaning  
Committee F11 is developing test methods to measure the performance and durability of steam cleaning products. [Full Story]

Dental Dams  
Committee D11 is developing a standard for dental dams, rectangular sheets of latex used to isolate specific teeth during dental procedures. [Full Story]


Committee D13 is holding an upcoming workshop, The Textile Industry and the Green Challenge: A Federal Trade Commission Perspective. [Full Story]
More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world
ASTM Signs Two New MOU Agreements 
ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and with the Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization (YSMO). CARICOM is a regional organization that represents 15 member states in the Caribbean. Yemen is a member of the GSO, with whom ASTM signed a regional agreement in 2006. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide. ASTM has signed 72 MOUs with national and regional standards bodies. Click here to learn more.

Delegations from Iraq and China Visit ASTM
In December, two international delegations took the time to visit ASTM offices and meet with ASTM staff. On Dec. 13, several representatives from the Iraqi Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) met with staff at ASTM headquarters to discuss standards related to textiles and food safety and the MOU program. The following day, a delegation from the Shanghai Academy of Public Measurement visited ASTM's office in Washington, D.C., where they held meetings to discuss the ASTM standardization process and ASTM's history in China.
 DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Snowy Standardsmore3

Many areas of the United States and Europe saw significant snowfalls in December.  Records were set, and the slippery roads, freezing conditions and travel delays that snowstorms often bring affected many. There are several ASTM standards that relate to snow in some capacity. Road and driving conditions during a snowstorm can be treacherous, due to both performance of vehicles and roads themselves. Committee F09 on Tires has developed standards that cover tire performance testing and wheel driving traction on snow and ice surfaces, as well as wet braking traction performance of vehicles with anti-lock brake systems. The salt trucks help keep the roads and highways clear during storms, and Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials has developed a standard that covers technical grade calcium chloride, which is typically used for ice and snow removal. For many, snow means time to enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding or snow climbing. Committee F27 on Snow Skiing oversees 14 standards covering equipment like skis, snowboards, boots and bindings, while Committee F08 on Sports Equipment has safety standards for helmets and goggles for these recreational snow sports. Committee F32 on Search and Rescue has a specification for climbing harnesses that can used for ice or snow climbing. For ice hockey and ice skating fans, F08 also has standards that cover helmets, eye and face protective equipment, as well as skating rinks and ice hockey facilities. Whether you enjoy playing in the snow, or are just concerned with getting around and staying safe, ASTM's snow-related standards have you "covered."

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