eNewsDECEMBER 2011  

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
New SN Online Offers Quick Access to Sector-Specific ASTM News 
ASTM International has launched a revamped online version of Standardization News. The new site offers more frequently updated ASTM news that is organized into ten industry areas or "gateways." Each gateway serves as a Web portal to comprehensive news and information about ASTM standards development activities, meeting and training course dates, publications, etc., for that particular sector. In addition, ten companion Twitter accounts have been set up that correspond with each gateway. The SN online homepage also features access to a digital edition of the current issue of the bimonthly magazine, as well as access to the Spanish and Chinese-language versions. If you have any comments or questions about the new SN online, contact SN editor in chief Maryann Gorman at [Full Story]  
ASTM Receives Award for Crib Safety Standards  
ASTM Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables was one of five recipients of the new Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The new award was established to recognize contributions to injury prevention and consumer product safety made by individuals, organizations, businesses, state and local governments and other groups. In December 2010, two F15.18 standards, F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, and F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, were included by the CPSC in regulatory requirements issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. [Full Story]  
"How to" Videos Can Assist Members with ASTM Website Navigation  
A series of brief, online training videos are available for members using the ASTM website. The three latest videos show members how to access their My ASTM page; how to view rosters, agendas, ballots, etc. through "My Committees;" and how to access, vote on and return ASTM ballots. The videos are available at 
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Nominations Requested for President's Leadership Award 
Nominations are being sought for the ASTM International President's Leadership Award, which 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, 2012. 
Free Online Member Training 
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committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


A new Committee D20 standard will provide polyurethane raw material suppliers, customers and developers with a useful practice for setting up gel tests to determine the reactivity of materials. [Full Story]  


Alternative Energy    

Committee E44 is developing a standard that will simplify the process of photovoltaic system acceptance and help reduce the cost associated with negotiating a PV system purchase. [Full Story] 

Livestock, Meat and Poultry    

A new Committee F10 standard provides guidance for the use of the word "tender" in the description of products for the meat supply chain. [Full Story]  


Committee F08's new standard will assist manufacturers in testing trailer cycles intended to be pulled behind bicycles. [Full Story]

Metallic Coatings 

Committee B08 is developing a standard specification for electrodeposited coatings of palladium-cobalt alloy for engineering use. [Full Story]   


Children's Jewelry 

A new safety specification from Committee F15 addresses the lack of a nationally recognized requirement for cadmium in children's jewelry, and provides guidance in identifying and mitigating other hazards. [Full Story]  


Additive Manufacturing 

Committee F42's new standard will allow those working in additive manufacturing to set and fulfill expectations regarding surface finish, part strength, manufacturing time, cost and other factors. [Full Story]  

Precast Concrete    

A new test method developed by Committee C27 fills a need for an in-field installation test for septic systems. [Full Story]  



A new Committee D35 practice standardizes a geoelectric method used to detect potential leaks in exposed electrically isolating membranes in the field in containment applications. [Full Story]  

Building Sealants    

Sealant manufacturers will use a new Committee C24 standard to evaluate new products and changes to these products due to exposure to weather. [Full Story] 


Magnetic Properties    

Committee A06's new standard will provide an effective screening method to identify magnets that are subject to excessive corrosion in high humidity environments. [Full Story]  





more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Signs Agreement with Alliance FiiDEM  

In an initiative to cooperate in knowledge sharing about ASTM International in Latin America, ASTM has signed a letter of cooperation with the Alliance for Training and Research Infrastructure for the Development of Mexico (Alliance FiiDEM). Through the agreement, ASTM will work with FiiDEM to strengthen and upgrade scientific information on issues related to infrastructure through cooperation with the public and private sectors in the form of discussions and events. Alliance FiiDEM is a not-for-profit organization that includes members from government, business, professional associations and business chambers as well as engineers, architects and university representatives. [Full Story]  Also, view the most current news bulletin from Alliance FiiDEM in Spanish.   

ASTM Hosts Training Program for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

ASTM International hosted a delegation of three standards experts from the Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) and two from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) during a weeklong Intensive Training Program held Nov. 14-18 in Florida-USA. ASTM signed Memorandums of Understanding with both TTBS and BSJ in 2002. During the training program, the delegation focused on steel standards developed by ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and other related mechanical tests developed by ASTM Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing. Visit the ASTM global cooperation page for a full report of the training program, including photos. For more information on ASTM Technical Assistance Programs, contact Jim Olshefsky at


more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .Beyond Toys 

The approval of the new ASTM children's jewelry standard (see "Committee News" above) is a reminder that children's holiday gifts go beyond toys. ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Specification for Toy Safety, covers toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age, like rattles, teething toys, stuffed toys, balloons, stroller toys, battery-operated toys, balls, marbles, squeeze toys and much more. However, parents and caregivers should also be aware of the other ASTM safety standards for articles on the holiday wish list that are not included in F963. There are ASTM standards for bicycles, home playground equipment, non-powder guns, art materials, toy chests, sporting goods and equipment, camping goods, bean bag chairs, portable pools, fun karts, non-powered scooters, powered scooters and skateboards, to name a few. Make safety a top priority when shopping for toys and other children's products not just during the holidays but throughout the whole year.  

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