eNewsAPRIL 2011  

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ASTM Publications 


Manual 64, Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design


Manual 68, Crude Oils: Their Sampling, Analysis and Evaluation

Handbook of Steel Data: American and European


ASTM Interactive Catalogs

2011 Book of Standards

ASTM Products



Committee Weeks


April Committee Week

April 10-15, Anaheim, CA 


May Committee Week 

May 15-20, Anaheim, CA  


June Committee Week 

June 12-17, Anaheim, CA 




Training Courses

ASTM D3241 Heater Tube Rating Workshop
April 26-27, Houston, TX
May 3-4, Los Angeles, CA
May 17-18, Seattle, WA

Coal Chemistry Technicians
May 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Corrosion Testing
May 3-4, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
April 18-20, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuel
April 26-28, Conshohocken, PA

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 17-18, New Orleans, LA

Flammability of Wearing Apparel
April 27, New York, NY

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

May 17-19, San Francisco, CA

Marine Fuels
May 3-5, Conshohocken, PA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ONLINE COURSE
April 8, Register Online

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

April 5-7, Scottsdale, AZ
April 26-28, Atlanta, GA
May 17-19, New Orleans, LA
May 24-26, Denver, CO

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
April 5-6, San Diego, CA
April 26-27, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 10-11, St. Louis, MO
May 24-25, Washington, DC

May 10-12, Akron, OH

Property Condition Assessments

April 12-13, Orlando, FL
May 17-18, New Orleans, LA

Risk Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 10-11, Lansing, MI
Vapor Encroachment
Screening on Property for Real Estate Transactions

April 12, Anaheim, CA
April 19, St. Louis, MO
April 20, Denver, CO
May 10, Conshohocken, PA
May 11, Washington, DC
May 24, Long Island, NY

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 HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference on Green Buildings and Green Growth
The U.S. government partnered with ASTM International and approximately 20 other trade associations, standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies to plan and host the APEC Conference on Green Buildings and Green Growth on March 3-4 in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on the enabling role of standards and trade. Key topics included a discussion of a recently completed APEC survey of its members' policies on green buildings, voluntary and mandatory requirements for market entry, and the opportunities and challenges of trading green building products in the Asia Pacific market. The conference was part of the project, "Sustainability in Building Construction (Commercial Buildings) - Efficiency and Conservation," a program that is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce and ASTM International to build awareness and promote participation in developing the technical requirements that will facilitate trade in the sustainable construction of commercial buildings. Visit for more information. [Full Story]
CPSC Chairman Recognizes ASTM for Efforts in Protecting Consumers 
Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recently highlighted the successful promulgation of ASTM standards F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, as mandatory rules covering cribs as among the key initiatives pursued by the CPSC during the last year. She made the comments during her keynote address at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization meeting on Feb. 24 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to the crib standards, it was noted that two other ASTM standards called for in Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) were approved by the Commission (ASTM F1967, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Seats, and F977, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers)CPSC staff has been working closely with ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products for decades to help develop effective consumer product safety standards and these activities have accelerated since Congress approved the CPSIA in 2008. [Full Story]
ASTM Contributes to Relief Efforts in Japan
ASTM International has contributed $25,000 to the American Red Cross to support the relief and recovery efforts in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ASTM International has close ties to Japan's national standards body, the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, as well as with the Japanese Standards Association, one of the largest distributors of ASTM standards in the world.  
Permission to Photocopy and Share ASTM Content
A new video on the ASTM website features a complete walkthrough of the process of gaining permission and paying for the rights to share ASTM content. Visit the Copyright and Permissions page on the ASTM website to view the demo
Application Deadline for ASTM Graduate Scholarship is April 30
The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship is presented each year to as many as four graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in ASTM standards. Applications for the 2011 Graduate Scholarship are due by April 30. Visit the Students & Professors Web page to learn more. 
ASTM Student Video Contest
The deadline is also fast approaching for the 2011 ASTM Student Video Contest. Students must create a video performing an entire ASTM standard test method or practice and submit it to ASTM for judging. The cash prizes are $1000 for first place and $500 for second and third place. All entries must be postmarked by April 29. Click here for rules and application information.  
ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2011 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on May 18 at the Marriott Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, Calif., during May committee week. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

Member and Officer Virtual Training 
ASTM members can participate in free one-hour online training courses through the ASTM website. Upcoming April courses are Roster Maintenance (April 20), Work Item Collaboration Areas (April 21)and New Member Orientation (April 28). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Protective Equipment for Workers

Recent updates to crane and crane operator certification requirements in U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards have led to a proposed Committee F18 standard. [Full Story] 

Engine Coolants 

Committee D15 has announced the creation of three new subcommittees on non-aqueous coolants, diesel exhaust fluid and industrial heat transfer fluids. [Full Story]

Light Truck Tires 

Committee F09's new standard covers a procedure to identify equivalent test severity between a 1.707-m diameter rotating roadwheel surface and a flat surface for radial pneumatic light truck tires. [Full Story]

Agricultural Raw Materials

A proposed standard from Committee E60 may foster greater use of agricultural raw materials (ARM), which are set to become an important source of fibers for the construction industry. [Full Story]  

Latex Paint   
Committee D01's new standard provides a means of determining open time for latex paints, a key performance property for coatings, particularly brush applications. [Full Story]


E35 is now titled Committee on Pesticides, Antimicrobials and Alternative Control Methods to include reference to the development of methods for testing efficacy of antimicrobial formulations. [Full Story]


Fretting Fatigue Testing

A new Committee E08 standard provides insight on what conditions promote fretting fatigue and offers approaches for experiments to assess it. [Full Story] 


Protective Coatings

Committee D01's new standard fulfills the need within the concrete surface preparation field for a means of measuring and replicating the profile of a concrete coated building surface. [Full Story] 

Building Energy Assessment

A new Committee E50 standard is finding use with those who provide energy auditing services, property due diligence services, energy efficiency lending services and asset management services. [Full Story]



A proposed Committee F25 standard will cover several aspects of fiber reinforced plastic gratings, which are often used as walkways for a variety of marine vessels. [Full Story]


Personal Protective Clothing

Committee F23's new standard addresses the mechanics of hypodermic needle puncture as related to protective clothing. [Full Story]  


More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Signs MoU with Ministry of Development Brunei Darussalam   

ASTM International has signed its 74th memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Development Brunei Darussalam. ASTM President James A. Thomas and Hj Abidin Hj Saidin, head, Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi), Ministry of Development, signed the agreement on Feb. 22. The MoU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide. Click here to learn more.  

ASOCRETO Concrete Workshop in Colombia 

Toy Poole, a member of the ASTM board of directors, presented "Advances in Concrete Technology" at the workshop, Concretos y Morteros de Ultima Generacion (Concrete and Mortars from the Last Generation), held March 3-4 in Bogota, Colombia. The workshop was sponsored by the Asociación Colombiana de Productores de Concreto (ASOCRETO). At the invitation of ASTM, more than 100 individuals from 16 countries were able to participate in the workshop virtually. The majority of participants were members of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.   

Southern Africa Development Community   

Ms. Margaret Lungu of the Zambia Bureau of Standards, an ASTM Standards Expert Program Alumna (2006), presented the Zambian perspective on the benefits of the ASTM MoU Program at a meeting of the Southern Africa Development Community - Cooperation in Standardisation on March 23.  The SADC-STAN met in conjunction with the annual meetings of the SADC - Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SADC-SQAM) in Gaborone, Botswana. [Full Story]  

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Youth Sports Safety Month

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) has designated April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, a campaign to promote safety in sports participation. According to NYSSF, sports activities are the second most frequent cause of injury for both male and female adolescents. Proper safety equipment is important and recommended for most youth sports and can help prevent injuries. Several of the 25 subcommittees within ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities have developed safety standards for a variety of sports. Head, face and eye protection are often the most important way to prevent serious injuries. F08 standards cover mouth protectors; eye protectors for players of racket sports, women's lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer; face guards for youth baseball and ice hockey; and protective helmets and headgear for football, ice hockey, skateboarding and roller skating, BMX cycling, martial arts, soccer and pole vaulting. F08 standards also address important safety concerns associated with proper athletic footwear. Unsafe playing fields and surfaces can affect safety and performance as well. Those topics are covered by F08 subcommittees on sports facilities and natural and artificial turf surfaces and systems. Proper protection and safety standards can prevent injuries and keep all of our young athletes safe. Visit the F08 Web page for a full list of sports safety standards.    

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