eNewsSEPTEMBER 2011  

ASTM eNews is a monthly e-newsletter that features the latest happenings at ASTM International, including technical committee news, publications, meetings, symposia and more. Like ASTM's bimonthly magazine Standardization News, eNews is a free benefit available to all ASTM members.

ASTM Publications


Lexicon for Sensory Evaluation: Aroma, Flavor, Texture and Appearance


ASTM Standards on Indoor Air Quality


ASTM Interactive Catalogs


2011 Petroleum Catalog 


2011 Standards Catalog 


2011 Products Catalog  



Committee Week

October Committee Week 

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, Tampa, FL   


November Committee Week 

Nov. 13-18, Tampa, FL  




 Training Courses

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

Aviation Fuels
Sept. 27-29, New Orleans, LA

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
Nov. 2-3, Tampa, FL

Corrosion Testing
Sept. 20-21, Chicago, IL
Nov. 8-9, Conshohocken, PA

Crude Oil
Nov. 14-16, Houston, TX

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

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Sept. 20-21, Cocoa Beach, FL
Nov. 15-16, Houston, TX

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
Nov. 15-17, Conshohocken, PA

Marine Fuels
Oct. 25-27, Seattle, WA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

Oct. 4-6, Baltimore, MD
Oct. 18-20, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25-27, Little Rock, AR
Nov. 1-3, Columbus, OH

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
Sept. 20-21, Boston, MA  Sept. 27-28, New Orleans, LA
Oct. 11-12, Chicago, IL
Nov. 1-2, Conshohocken, PA
Nov. 15-16, Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 8-10, Hollywood, FL

Property Condition Assessments
Oct. 18-19, Baltimore, MD Nov. 15-16, San Diego, CA

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

Rubber Testing
Oct. 5-6, Akron, OH

International Training Courses
ASTM - Inspeccion de Recubrimientos de Proteccion
Sept. 5-7, Chile


ASTM - Proteccion Catodica Galvanica para Activos Metallicos Enterrados

Sept. 14-16, Peru  





HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
Opportunities for College Students With Jumpstart Your Career 

ASTM International's Jumpstart Your Career campaign, which will continue through the end of this year, is geared toward today's college students looking to increase their real-world skills and enhance their marketability to potential employers. More than 5,000 college and university students from 70 countries have already taken advantage of ASTM's free student membership, and the number continues to increase. Jumpstart Your Career features scholarship opportunities, senior project grants and a student video contest. The deadline for the grants and video contest is Oct. 31. For more information, visit [Full Story] 

ASTM International Europe eBulletin  

The ASTM International eBulletin is a new quarterly e-newsletter that highlights the latest news about ASTM's standards development work in Europe. Click here to view the latest issue. If you would like to be added to the list to receive the eBulletin, please contact Erin Brennan (    

Virtual Officers' Training Week This Month  

ASTM International will host a Virtual Officers' Training Week from Sept. 26-29. During this time, ASTM staff will conduct several online training sessions that are usually offered at the Officers' Training Workshop, which is held every other year at ASTM headquarters. There are 13 workshops to choose from, including Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities, Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities, Member and Roster Maintenance, Certification and Technical and Professional Training, and much more. Click here to view the full schedule.    

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 (Sept. 15), Work Item Collaboration Training (Oct. 6), Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (Oct. 13), Roster Maintenance Training (Oct. 18), and WebEx Training (Oct. 18).Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Light Sport Aircraft     

Committee F37's new standard will be used to aid in the creation of auditing programs within the light sport aircraft industry. [Full Story]  


HVAC Duct Systems 

A new Committee E05 standard will provide U.S. building codes with a method designed to test a heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct system or its materials for fire resistance and other durability requirements. [Full Story]  


Protective Coatings    

Potential users, including coating manufacturers, architects, engineers and facility owners, are encouraged to participate in the development of a new Committee D01 standard on dry fall properties. [Full Story]  


Apparel Sizing
Committee D13 is working on a proposed new guide that will cover petite and tall heights for the missy measurement standard.
[Full Story] 


Medical Devices

Committee F04 is developing a new standard that will provide guidance on how to set up an experiment that uses an epifluorescence microscope to ensure that imaging measurements are quantitative. [Full Story]  


Coal and Coke
Committee D05 is developing a new test method for determining the amount of fluorine and chlorine in coal and and coke.
[Full Story]  

Hydraulic Cement

A new Committee C09 standard, adopted from an American Concrete Institute test method, covers bleed stability of cementitious post-tensioning tendon grout. [Full Story]  


Wear and Erosion 

Committee G03's latest standard provides a method to more accurately measure small amounts of wear on curved piston ring segments and their counterfaces after lubricated bench-scale testing. [Full Story]  

Particle and Spray Characterization    

A new standard from Committee E29 covers a special grade of industrial woven wire cloth called filter cloth for general filtration. [Full Story] 

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

Standards Expert Program Continues with Representatives from Jordan and Malaysia            

Experts from national standards bodies in Jordan and Malaysia will visit ASTM headquarters from Oct. 24 to Nov. 18 as part of the Standards Expert Program. The Standards Expert Program (SEP) is a key benefit offered to MOU signatories in which ASTM offers to host standards experts for a one-month period at ASTM headquarters. During their visit, the participants learn about ASTM International and its standards development process, attend a committee week, visit U.S. federal government agencies and U.S.-based standards development organizations in Washington, D.C., and share information about their work and their home organizations. This year's experts are Ruba Ayeid Al-Thawabeia, a standardization officer at the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization, and Lee Hooi Lan, a senior executive of the engineering standards management and consulting services section, Standards Research and Management Center, SIRIM Berhad, in Malaysia. Click here for more on the SEP program and to see past participants. 

 more3DID YOU KNOW? . . . Carry with Care through Standards     

Every September, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors Baby Safety Month to keep parents and caregivers informed of the best products and practices to keep infants safe. This year's campaign, "Carry With Care," is focused on how to safely use wearable infant products such as carriers and slings, which continue to grow in popularity as an easy way to transport infants and allow parents to be "hands free." Two ASTM standards, F2236, Consumer Safety Specification for Soft Infant Carriers, and F2549, Consumer Safety Specification for Frame Child Carriers, include requirements for things like leg openings, stability requirements, child restraint systems, handle integrity, and warning statements and instructions.  The standards, which have been developed by Subcommittee F15.21 on Infant Carriers, Bouncers and Baby Swings, are referenced in the JPMA Certification for Carriers. The JPMA Certification Seal indicates that a product has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM, through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer's production line. The subcommittee, which is made up of manufacturers, retailers, industry experts and representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is currently in the process of developing a new voluntary standard for slings

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