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AUGUST 2013    

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Coal Chemistry Technician Training
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Crude Oil
Oct. 21-23, Dallas, TX

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Sept. 24-26, Los Angeles, CA
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Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems 
Oct. 8-9, San Diego, CA
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Light Sport Aircraft
Sept. 25-26, ASTM HQ 

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Sept. 24-26, San Francisco, CA 
 
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
Sept. 24-25, St. Louis, MO 
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Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
Oct. 8-9, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
Oct. 2-3, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
Oct. 16-17, ASTM HQ

Testing Techniques for Plastics
Aug. 6-8, Denver, CO
Oct. 29-31, Tampa, FL  
 
Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
Oct. 29, Chicago, IL
Nov. 4, San Diego, CA

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
 
Nominations for 2014 ASTM International Board of Directors
ASTM International has announced the candidates selected by the Society's Nominating Committee to serve on the Board of Directors. They are: chairman of the board (one-year term), vice chairman (two-year term), and six directors (three-year terms). An email containing links to the biographies of the candidates and the online ballot will be sent to all ASTM members. To request a hard copy of the ballot, contact Maureen Houck (mhouck@astm.org). The deadline for receipt of all ballots is Dec. 1, 2013.  
ASTM Board to Meet in Chicago; Outreach Visits Scheduled 
The ASTM Board of Directors will hold its semiannual fall meeting in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 13-16. In addition to the formal policy-making sessions, the 2013 "Board of Directors Outreach Day" is scheduled to take place in and around Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 15, when board members and executive staff will meet with the leadership of trade associations, corporations, government and non-governmental organizations. The city of Chicago and its surrounding area are home to more than 1,000 active ASTM members representing nearly all 143 ASTM technical committees. If you have not been contacted directly and would like to participate in the 2013 ASTM Outreach Day program, contact Mark Axelman (maxelman@astm.org). [Full Story] 
ASTM Virtual Officers' Training Week
ASTM International will host a Virtual Officers' Training Week from Sept. 23-26. This free online workshop features various modules on the ASTM standards development process and how to manage responsibilities within ASTM committees, and is a useful program for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, technical contacts and others in leadership positions. The modules are based on the live Officers' Training Workshop held every other year at ASTM headquarters. Training sessions will include Certification and Technical and Professional Training, Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities, Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities, Robert's Rules, Planning Symposia and Workshops, Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, and ASTM Leadership Opportunities and Resources. Click here to view schedule and register online.  
ASTM Member Discounts for BioProcess International Conference
ASTM members can receive a discount to the IBC Life Sciences BioProcess International Conference and Exhibition, to be held Sept. 16-19, in Boston, Mass. The conference provides access to leaders in the industry with more than 200 speakers, 150+ exhibitors and 1,500+ attendees. The planned agenda spans all phases of bioprocess development, providing the strategies and solutions needed to increase efficiency and improve integration, productivity and flexibility. ASTM members receive a 20% discount off the standard rates when registering with priority code BPI13ASTM. Click here for event details and to register. 
ASTM Project Grants for University Students
ASTM International offers a limited number of $500 grants to graduate or senior level university students to help with student design projects that contain an ASTM standards component. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. Visit the ASTM student website for instructions and application forms.   
August 31 is Deadline for Professor of the Year Nominations
All materials for ASTM Professor of the Year Award nominees must be received by Aug. 31. Candidates for the award include professors and instructors at accredited universities worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding use of ASTM standards in their teaching. Cash awards will be given to the winning educator and their respective university. Learn more and nominate a colleague at www.astm.org/studentmember/Professor_Year.   
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Courses include New Member Orientation and Training (Aug. 27), Electronic Balloting, Training on ASTM Online Tools, Roster Maintenance Training, Strategic Planning and New Activity Development and more. See full list at www.astm.org/MEMBER_TRAINING.  
COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

 

Consumer Safety   

A group led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged the development of a new Committee D10 standard for flow control devices for liquid medicines and other consumer products that may be hazardous to children. [Full Story]

Security Systems   

A proposed Committee F12 test method will be used as a mechanism to aid in the selection of glazing infill materials for the production of windows, doors, skylights, cars, planes, boats and more. [Full Story] 
 

Hydraulic Fracturing

A new D19 subcommittee on hydraulic fracturing fluids will develop standards used to assess water quality and determine the impacts of spills and possible contaminations. [Full Story]

Forensic Engineering

Committee E58's proposed standard will provide a basis for investigations into incidents involving electrical systems that can result in injuries and fatalities. [Full Story]

Trampoline Courts 

Committee F24 has developed a new standard that covers the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection and major modifications of increasingly popular trampoline courts. [Full Story] 

Body Armor

Committee E54 is launching an initiative to develop a suite of standards for body armor worn by military and criminal justice personnel. [Full Story]  


Wastewater Analysis

A proposed Committee G01 standard covers an apparatus and set of procedures to create and maintain a simulated sewer headspace environment to be used to test potential coatings. [Full Story]

Precast Concrete

Committee C27 is developing a standard for machine-placed wet-cast precast concrete retaining wall units. [Full Story] 

Solid Copper Materials
Three proposed Committee B05 standards will provide a base for the evaluation of the antimicrobial efficacy of solid copper materials. [Full Story] 

Geosynthetics

Committee D35 is developing a new standard that will describe all field-proven electrical methods for locating leaks in installed geomembranes. [Full Story] 
 

GLOBAL NOTES  . . . ASTM Around the World

  

ASTM Signs MOUs With Haiti and Sierra Leone

ASTM International has signed new memorandums of understanding (MOU) with the Haitian Bureau of Standards and the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau. The MOU program is designed to encourage, increase and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. Through MOU agreements, global national standards bodies reference, adopt, or use ASTM standards as the basis of their national standards. ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding with the national standards bodies of 79 nations as well as with three regional groups worldwide. Visit www.astm.org/GLOBAL for more information.


DID YOU KNOW? . . . Eye Safety for Children         

                

Prevent Blindness America has declared August Children's Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate parents on the importance of healthy vision in children. While regular proper testing by an eye-care professional is recommended for overall eye health, it is also important to remember the best ways to protect children from eye injuries in sports and play. There is an entire ASTM subcommittee dedicated to Eye Safety for Sports - F08.57. This subcommittee oversees standards for ski and snowboard goggles and selected motor sports as well as eye protectors for paintball and field hockey. ASTM F803, Standard Specification for Eye Protectors For Selected Sports, covers eye protectors that minimize or significantly reduce injury to the eye due to impact and penetration by racquet-sport racquets and balls; women's lacrosse and field hockey sticks and balls; baseballs; soccer balls; and hands, elbows and fingers. Subcommittee F08.57 is also in the process of developing standards for airsoft sports and football helmet eye shield visors. In addition to regular check-ups, let ASTM standards be a reminder to make sure your child's eyes are properly protected in whatever sports and activities they enjoy.


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