eNewsJUNE 2011  

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ASTM Publications

Spectroscopic Analysis of Petroleum Products and Lubricants


ASTM Standards on Environmental Sampling


ASTM Interactive Catalogs

2011 Standards Catalog 

2011 Products Catalog 

Construction Catalog  



Committee Week

June Committee Week 

June 12-17, Anaheim, CA 




 Training Courses

ASTM D3241 Heater Tube Rating Workshop
Sept. 20, Chicago, IL
Oct. 4, Conshohocken, PA
Oct. 25, Miami, FL

Aviation Fuels
July 26-28, Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 27-29, New Orleans, LA

Corrosion Testing
Sept. 20-21, Chicago, IL

Diesel Fuel
Sept. 27-29, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 25-27, Chicago, IL

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Sept. 20-21, Cocoa Beach, FL

Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and Bedding
Oct. 26-27, Greensboro, NC

Flammability of Wearing Apparel
Oct. 25, Chicago, IL

Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
Oct. 26, Chicago, IL

Sept. 20-22, Sugar Grove, IL

Marine Fuels
Oct. 25-27, Seattle, WA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

June 14-16, Conshohocken, PA
Oct. 4-6, Baltimore, MD
Oct. 18-20, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25-27, Little Rock, AR

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
Sept. 20-21, Boston, MA  Sept. 27-28, New Orleans, LA

Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL

Property Condition Assessments
Oct. 18-19, Baltimore, MD

Risk Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
Oct. 18-19, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
Oct. 5-6, Akron, OH






HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Annual Report and Annual Business Meeting 
The ASTM International 2010 Annual Report, Innovation and Standardization, is now available. Visit the About ASTM section to view the annual report.  If you would like to receive a hard copy, contact Erin Brennan ( Also available in the About ASTM section are the slides and script of the 2011 ASTM Annual Business Meeting, which was held last month in Anaheim, Calif.  
Fire-Safe Cigarette Legislation Effective in all 50 U.S. States
As of July 1, 2011, a law concerning fire-safe cigarettes will be in effect in all 50 U.S. states. The law mandates that all cigarettes sold must perform well when tested using ASTM International standard E2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes. Cigarettes that perform well in the ASTM standard are less likely to start fires when left unattended. These cigarettes typically use paper with additional thin bands along the tube, which create "speed bumps" to extinguish a burning cigarette when it is not being actively smoked. Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of accidental fire fatalities.
Proficiency Testing Samples and Calibration Standards Available from ASTM Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory
The ASTM International Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) distributes pairs of proficiency samples for eight different construction materials. These samples are available on a subscription basis and are scheduled for distribution throughout the year. When these samples are prepared, additional samples are stored and made available after the proficiency testing of the samples is complete. These extra samples have been used to evaluate problems a lab may have with equipment or procedures, training of new technicians, setting up new equipment or research purposes.  Click here for fees to obtain the samples and for additional information. Also available from CCRL are eight portland cement samples. These samples are for use with X-ray fluorescence equipment in the chemical analysis of hydraulic cement. Click here for more about CCRL calibration standards. For more information, contact Robin Haupt ( [Full Story]
Free Online Member Training 
ASTM members can participate in free one-hour online training courses through the ASTM website. Upcoming courses are New Member Orientation and Training (July 13), Work Item Collaboration Training (July 14), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (July 19), Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (Aug. 9), ASTM Website Training (Aug. 17), and WebEx Training (Aug. 25). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Protective Clothing  

Industrial hygienists, researchers and college students involved in education or research in the chemical protective clothing field will be the primary users of Committee F23's new standard on chemical permeation testing. [Full Story]  


Synthetic Turf Sports Fields    

A new Committee F08 standard covers drainage issues for synthetic turf sports fields and surface systems. [Full Story]    


Coal and Coke   

A new Committee D05 standard for measuring the reflectance of vitrinite in sedimentary rocks will help improve predictions of the location, quantity and quality of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources. [Full Story]   


Regenerative Medicine    

Committee F04's newest standard covers the characterization of hydrogels used in regenerative medicine. [Full Story]  

Adhesives and Sealants    

The Adhesive and Sealant Council is partnering with Committees C24 and D14 for the inaugural "Adhesives and Sealants Sustainability Summit" July 26-27 in Chicago, Ill. [Full Story]  

Occupational Health and Safety    

Committee E34 has created a new subcommittee to develop standards that will be accurate performance indicators to measure work-related injury and illness performance throughout the world. [Full Story] 

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 


Bai Xue, director of the standardization department, Zhejiang Province Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, China, visited ASTM International headquarters on May 20 to discuss opportunities for collaboration and training between the bureau and ASTM International.   


Peru and Chile      

James Olshefsky, ASTM director of external relations, met with several stakeholders from key standards bodies and related organizations during a trip to Peru and Chile in May. He discussed the ASTM International standards development process and the ASTM Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) program with representatives from the Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI) and the Peruvian Ministry of Transport in Peru and the Instituto Chileno del Acero (ICHA) and Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) in Chile. He also gave a presentation on "ASTM International: Defining the Attributes of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability," at the Challenges in Energy Management Seminar held in conjunction with COPANT, and met with professors at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to discuss ASTM's academic resources for students and professors and the benefits of standards education.

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Safety First, Fun Will Follow 

As the weather warms up in many locales, many families are heading outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air at local parks or in their own backyards. Playground equipment can amuse children for hours, and there are various kinds of equipment for use in public settings as well as at home. Parents should note that while a fun activity, injuries associated with playground equipment are often reported, including falls, entanglement of clothing, head entrapment and more. ASTM F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, establishes nationally recognized safety standards for public playground equipment to address injuries identified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Play equipment can be different for certain age groups, so while F1487 covers users ages 2 through 12 years, ASTM F2373 provides safety and performance requirements for public use play equipment like climbing structures, to-fro swings and slides for babies and toddlers ages 6 through 23 months. For home use, there is ASTM F1148, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment, which provides safety requirements for various types of home playground equipment intended for use by children who are over 18 months through 10 years. While safety of the equipment is extremely important, so is the surface underneath. Standards like ASTM F2223 address surface systems for under and around playground equipment. When building a fun outdoor play area in a public setting or at home, be sure to check whether the playground equipment meets ASTM standards. Think safety first and the fun will follow.

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