eNewsOCTOBER 2011  

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Committee Week

October Committee Week 

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, Tampa, FL   

November Committee Week 

Nov. 13-18, Tampa, FL   


December Committee Week

Dec. 4-9, Tampa, FL   




 Training Courses

ASTM D3241 Heater Tube Rating Workshop
Oct. 25, Miami, FL

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

Corrosion Testing
Nov. 8-9, Conshohocken, PA

Crude Oil
Nov. 14-16, Houston, TX

Diesel Fuel
Oct. 25-27, Chicago, IL

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
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

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
Dec. 6-8, Orlando, FL

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
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-Proteccion Catodica del Acero en Concreto Reforzado
October 3-5, Argentina 





HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
2012 ASTM Board of Directors Election 

The annual election of the ASTM International Board of Directors is administered via the ASTM website. In addition to electing the 2012 board of directors, you are asked to recommend candidates from the ASTM membership to serve on next year's Nominating Committee. Click here to read the biographies of the nominees. For questions about the election, contact Maureen Houck (

World Standards Day  

ASTM International will participate in the U.S. celebration of World Standards  Day, sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C. This year's theme, "Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide," will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes and conformity assessment in assuring the health and safety of people and the environment. The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. For more, visit

ASTM Board Meeting in New York City  

The ASTM board of directors will hold their fall meeting in New York City from Oct. 23-26. In addition to the formal board meetings, other events will include outreach visits to corporations, associations, government agencies and universities, as well as a local members' workshop on Oct. 25 at the Grand Hyatt New York.  

Free Online Member Training 
ASTM members can participate in free one-hour online training courses through the ASTM website. Upcoming courses are Work Item Collaboration Training (Oct. 6), New Member Orientation and Training (Oct. 12), Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (Oct. 13), Roster Maintenance Training (Oct. 18), WebEx Training (Oct. 18), and Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (Nov. 8). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Quality and Statistics     

Interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a new Committee E11 standard on non-parametric statistical methods. [Full Story]  


Cement Paste  

Committee C01's new practice simulates the shearing experienced by the cement paste in concrete. [Full Story] 


Magnetic Properties    

Committee A06 welcomes stakeholders with an interest in the development of  standards for magnetic materials and magnetic properties. [Full Story]  


Wastewater Analysis
A proposed new Committee G01 standard will aid in the evaluation of high performance protective coatings for sewerage systems.
[Full Story] 


Liquid Paint

Committee D01's new guide standardizes a fast and easy technique for collecting infrared spectra of non-aqueous liquid paints right out of the can. [Full Story]  


Greenhouse Gas

Committee D05 is developing a new standard on the measurement of gaseous hydrocarbons and other components of gaseous streams, which will allow users to better comply with the U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulation. [Full Story]


Committee E35 invites all interested parties to join a new task group on biorationals. [Full Story]  


Lightweight Aggregates and Concrete 

Committee C09's new standard for internal curing of concrete will be useful for  civil engineering projects for roads, driveways, bridges, parking lots, water and sewage treatment tanks, and others. [Full Story]  

Surface Burning    

A new standard from Committee E05 provides a complete description of a test protocol that has been used for more than 40 years in code requirements and specifications for fire-retardant-treated wood. [Full Story]   



A new Committee G03 standard outlines procedures using indoor test methods to calibrate radiometers with dissimilar detectors. [Full Story]  

Electrical Equipment    

A proposed new Committee F18 standard will provide guidance to assist in the required testing of live-line tools. [Full Story]

Search and Rescue    

The Personnel, Training and Education subcommittee within Committee F32 is working on several proposed search and rescue standards. [Full Story] 

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Sponsors Event with CARICOM in the Caribbean             

Twenty-one individuals from seven countries participated in a one-day event sponsored by ASTM and the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) near Georgetown, Guyana, on Sept. 20. The purpose of the event was to promote the continued adoption of ASTM standards in the CARICOM region. Representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago attended, as well as individuals from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association and other members of the private sector. ASTM staff discussed appropriate ways to reference ASTM standards in regulation and presented information about the ASTM standards development process and electronic tools. During their time in the Caribbean, ASTM staff also visited representatives at the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) and toured the laboratory facilities at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), with whom ASTM signed an MOU in 2002.

 more3DID YOU KNOW? . . . Standards for Security

Last month's 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks remind us how so many things have changed since that tragic day. Homeland security has become a well-known and often discussed topic, and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been characterized as the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in more than half a century. Homeland security is a complex issue requiring a coordinated effort between both the private and public sector, which is where ASTM comes in. Formed in 2003, ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications  addresses issues related to standards and guidance materials for homeland security applications, with specific focus on borders, ports and transportation systems; advancing and harnessing science and technology; preparing for and responding to national emergencies; and protection of critical infrastructure. There are now more than 450 members of E54 and the committee has developed 33 homeland security standards. Visit the E54 homepage to learn more.

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