eNewsMARCH 2012   

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ASTM Publications


ASTM Standards in Building Codes 2012   


ASTM Standards Related to Crude Oils     




ASTM Interactive Catalogs


Proficiency Testing Programs Catalog   


Petroleum Catalog 


2012 Standards Catalog 


2012 Products Catalog  




Committee Week


April 15-20, Phoenix, AZ 


May Committee Week 
May 6-11, Phoenix, AZ


June Committee Week  June 24-29, San Diego, CA         


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 



 Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
March 13-15, Charlotte, NC

Corrosion Testing
April 12-13, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
April 16-18, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuels
March 27-29, San Diego, CA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

March 20-22, Los Angeles, CA
April 17-19, Houston, TX
May 1-3, Baltimore, MD
May 22-24, Seattle, WA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
March 27-28, Atlanta, GA
April 10-11, San Diego, CA
April 24-25, Kansas City, MO
May 15-16, ASTM Headquarters

Rubber Testing
March 14-15, Akron, OH

Statistical Control Charts for Test Method Quality Assurance    

March 27-28, ASTM Headquarters

May 1-2, ASTM Headquarters

Vapor Encroachment onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions  
March 27, San Francisco, CA
March 28, Los Angeles, CA
April 10, Newark, NJ
April 25, Chicago, IL  

May 3, Atlanta, GA 
May 9, Dallas, TX


E1527 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

April 2




HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Publishes Eight Standards for Green Meetings 
A collection of eight new ASTM International standards will provide meeting and event planners and their suppliers with specific guidelines and performance measurements for creating environmentally sustainable or "green" events. Subcommittee E60.02 on Hospitality, part of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, partnered with the Convention Industry Council through its Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative to address the need for uniform standards that measure environmental performance in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. The standards cover meeting destinations, exhibits, transportation, audio visual equipment, communication and marketing materials, onsite office, food and beverage and meeting venues. [Full Story]  
ASTM International Informs Congressional Review of Standards
Leading standards experts from ASTM International testified on Feb. 29 before a committee of the U.S. Congress during a review of the effectiveness of the U.S. standards system. James L. Seay, chairman of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices and owner of the high-tech amusement ride designer and supplier Premier Rides, Baltimore, Md., represented ASTM International on the panel of witnesses and described the beneficial results of public and private collaboration in the development of voluntary consensus standards. Mary H. Saunders, director of the Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a member of the ASTM board of directors, also testified at the hearing and provided important insight into the efforts of the federal government to support the effectiveness of the U.S. standards system and advance the competitiveness of U.S. industry. Click here to read more information on the hearing from the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. [Full Story]       
ASTM's Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory and AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory Move to New Headquarters
ASTM International's Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory held an open house on Jan. 27 to celebrate the new headquarters building that CCRL shares with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official (AASHTO) Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) in Frederick, Md. The 34,413 square-foot building, which had been an empty warehouse that was redesigned specifically for CCRL/AMRL, now provides modern office space, new laboratories and a modern proficiency sample production facility. CCRL runs the Laboratory Inspection Program and the Proficiency Sample Program. Nearly 2,000 laboratories around the world are serviced by CCRL's programs. [Full Story]      
New SN Column Highlights Standards in College and University Curriculum
Standardization News has introduced a new column, "NextGen," that features efforts to educate the next generation about the importance and use of standards through academic initiatives at colleges and universities. The first article, written by Dr. Jay R. Goldberg, director of the Healthcare Technologies Management Program at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), discusses the use of standards in capstone design projects. Upcoming topics include the use of ASTM environmental site assessment standards in courses at the City College of New York and City University of New York. [Full Story]      
Application Deadline for ASTM Graduate Scholarship
The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship is presented each year to as many as four graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the
scholarship will be given $10,000 to be used for educational expenses. Applications for the 2012 Graduate Scholarship are due by April 30.Visit the ASTM Students & Professors website to learn more.
Free Online Member Training 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses are: Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (March 8), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (March 8), ASTM Online Tools (March 13), New Member Orientation and Training (March 14, March 28), Interlaboratory Studies Program (March 15), Roster Maintenance Training (March 20), and Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (March 20). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Military Sampling     

Committee E11 has preserved another military sampling standard no longer supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. [Full Story]   


Property Management      

A recent revision to a Committee E53 standard provides clarity on the use of the word "inventory" and allows for electronic verification of assets within an organization. [Full Story] 

Commercial Laundries  

All interested parties are invited to join in the development of a proposed Committee D13 standard that will identify sustainable best management practices for commercial laundry facilities. [Full Story]     

Infant Sling Carriers
A new Committee F15 standard will provide manufacturers with the means to double-check that they are creating and selling the safest possible sling carriers. [Full Story]    


Committee F14 welcomes participation in the development of a new standard method for installing drive anchor systems that stabilize fences, flagpoles, sign posts, and other vertical elements such as columns. [Full Story]

Coal and Coke      

A proposed Committee D05 standard will allow for a rapid and highly repeatable determination of chlorine in coal and coke through X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. [Full Story]   


Plastic Piping    

Committee F17 is currently working on a series of new standards for polyethylene pipe fittings. [Full Story]    


Space Simulation      

Committee E21 is requesting input on revisions to two standards used to evaluate surface cleanliness by observing surface wetting by water. [Full Story] 


Nuclear Fuel Cycle        

A new Committee C26 standard provides guidelines for gathering physical and rheological data of radioactive solutions, slurries and sludges. [Full Story] 


Committee D35's new test method provides standardization for a long-used test will aid in the use and evolution of geotextile bag technology. [Full Story]  

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Launches Website in Chinese     

ASTM International has launched a website in simplified Chinese for Mandarin speaking standards-users and those with a general interest in ASTM. The website ( features a landing page similar to the front page of, with additional information in simplified Chinese. Links to subsequent pages will yield information in English. The Chinese site also includes links to a translated version of ASTM eNews. The purpose of the new site is to provide as much information as possible to standards developers and technical experts in China. ASTM welcomes any feedback regarding the usability and value of the site. If you have any comments or questions, or are interested in learning more about an item on the site, please contact ASTM China representatives Liu Fei ( or Nancy Hu ( [Full Story] 

DID YOU KNOW? . . .Proficiency Testing Programs      

ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) programs are statistical quality assurance programs that enable laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods within their own facilities when their data are compared against other labs that participate worldwide in the same program. Program participants receive different samples (representative of the product line) for each test cycle, electronic data submittal forms and test instructions. Your lab performs the test that you normally conduct within your own facility using the specified ASTM methods cited in the program. There are 40 programs being offered in 2012, including Petroleum Products, Metals Testing, Textiles, Plastics Testing and Engine Coolants. Click here for a full list of programs. A brand new program on Petroleum Coke was just announced. Participation is open to all laboratories around the world and you do not have to be a member of ASTM to participate. Help your lab achieve a competitive edge in the marketplace and take advantage of all of the programs and products ASTM has to offer!  

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