eNewsJANUARY 2012   

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
Interview and Video of Kenneth Yarosh, 2012 Chairman of the ASTM Board, Featured at SN Online
The 2012 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors is Kenneth Yarosh, a global service line manager for the specialty chemicals business of Dow Corning Corp. Midland, Mich. We invite you to read the Standardization News interview with Ken at The interview includes two short videos showing Ken discussing the use of ASTM standards in a lab at Dow Corning headquarters in Midland, Mich., where Ken is global service line manager for the company's specialty chemicals business. [Full Story]      
Revised Version of ASTM Toy Safety Standard F963-11 Is Issued
As part of its continuing efforts to proactively address potential toy safety issues, ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved revisions to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Changes made to the standard include revisions to the section on heavy metals, the introduction of compositing procedures, and new safety requirements and technical guidance for bath toy projections, acoustics and other potential safety hazards in toys. As part of the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, the U.S. Congress endorsed both the F963 standard and the process under which it is developed and continually reviewed and revised. If the CPSC agrees that the revisions improve safety, ASTM F963-11 will replace the 2008 version of the standard as federal law 180 days from when the standard was issued. [Full Story]  
California Vapor Intrusion Cites Several ASTM Standards  
ASTM International standards are prominently featured in the Final Guidance for the Evaluation and Mitigation of Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air (Vapor Intrusion Guidance), a document released on Oct. 12, 2011, by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control. The DTSC notes that it anticipates the guidance will be used "by regulators, responsible parties, environmental consultants, community groups and property developers." [Full Story]  
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committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Amusement Rides     

Committee F24 is working on two proposed standards for amusement railway rides. [Full Story]  


Vehicle-Pavement Systems     

Continuous friction measurement equipment (CFME) used to determine skid resistance is the focus of a proposed Committee E17 standard. [Full Story] 

Paint and Coatings   

A new Committee D01 standard provides a test method for measuring volatiles from acrylate resins, which will allow suppliers to list emissions information on material safety data sheets. [Full Story] 

Roller-Compacted Concrete  

Formalizing a method for making a cylindrical specimen of roller-compacted concrete in a gyratory compactor is the primary purpose of a proposed Committee C09 standard. [Full Story]

Flood Damage  

A proposed Committee E06 standard will establish methods for determining flood damage resistance ratings of materials/assemblies for use below the lowest floor of new and substantially damaged structures. [Full Story]   


Spinal Devices  

Committee F04 will address new functionalities in a particular group of orthopedic spinal devices in a proposed new standard. [Full Story]  


Polymer Pellets 

Terms that are commonly used to describe defects or abnormalities found in different types of polymer pellets have now been collected in a new Committee D20 terminology standard. [Full Story]  


Committee F08 is developing a standard that will make it possible to create low-impact paintball games for potential players who might like to try the sport but are initially intimidated by its intensity. [Full Story]  


Oral Care Products    

Committee E18 is developing a new guide that will be used by sensory practitioners, research organizations, consumer research practitioners and others who are interested in the evaluation of oral care products[Full Story] 


more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Hosts Delegates from Chechen Republic   

ASTM International, with support from the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology of the Russian Federation (GOST-R), hosted a delegation of eight high-level public and private sector executives from the Chechen Republic during a weeklong Intensive Training Program. The program was conducted Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at sites in Pennsylvania as well as in and around Washington, D.C. ASTM arranged the meetings, site visits and educational content to address the objectives of the delegation; namely to provide information and examples of the public-private partnership in standardization and regulation.     

ASTM Participates in Anniversary Celebration for Brazil's CAPES

ASTM International participated in the 60th anniversary celebration of CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, or Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education) in Brasilia, Brazil,  in November. CAPES, part of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, is one of the leading academic consortia in the world. Its mission is to coordinate and expand academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate, in more than 350 technical and scientific colleges and universities throughout Brazil. ASTM and CAPES began its partnership four years ago, when the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library and the complete collection of ASTM International standards were made available to the entire Brazilian academic community through the CAPES-sponsored Portal de Periódicos. [Full Story]

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .New Year, New You?  

Surveys have found that more than 50% of people make New Year's resolutions, and often the most popular resolutions are focused on improving health, losing weight and exercising. You may know about ASTM's Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, which has developed various safety standards for hockey, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball and softball equipment as well as bicycles, helmets, eye protectors and much more. But did you know there is a whole F08 subcommittee dedicated to fitness products? Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products has developed standards covering the safety design features of stationary exercise bicycles, and the design and manufacture of motorized treadmills and elliptical trainers as well as general fitness equipment and selectorized strength equipment. Members of F08.30 include fitness industry manufacturers, testing labs and consultants. The subcommittee is also working on new standards for stationary outdoor fitness equipment and universal design of fitness equipment for inclusive use by persons with functional limitations and impairments. Here is to a happy, healthy and safe 2012! 


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