JANUARY 2014    

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©2014 ASTM International
HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
Welcome 2014 Chairman of the Board Thomas Schwartz  
Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E., senior principal and president at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Waltham, Mass., is chairman of the 2014 ASTM International board of directors. A member of ASTM for more than 30 years, Schwartz serves on Committees C14 on Glass and Glass Products, E06 on Performance of Buildings and E58 on Forensic Engineering. For a full interview with Tom Schwartz, including two short videos filmed at SGH headquarters, visit Click here to view complete bios of all of the 2014 board members. [Full Story]  
U.S. EPA Includes Revised ASTM Environmental Site Assessment Standard in Final Rule
On Dec. 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule that incorporates the latest version of ASTM standard E1527-13, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, in the performance of all appropriate inquiries when conducting environmental site assessments. ASTM E1527 describes the Phase I ESA process, which is used in research to identify the potential for releases of hazardous substances or petroleum products that could lead to liability for new property owners if not identified, evaluated, addressed and properly managed. [Full Story]  
Reminder - Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2014 
It's the new year, time to renew your ASTM membership for 2014. It is easy to do online at View information about the benefits for all membership types: participating, organizational, informational and student, invite a colleague to join or watch and share the Benefits of ASTM Membership video
President's Leadership Award Nominations Due Feb. 1 
Nominations are invited for the ASTM International President's Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. Nominations should include a detailed description of accomplishments, leadership and commitment, as well as relevant examples of achievements that fulfill the award's criteria. All nominations are due to ASTM headquarters by Feb. 1, 2014. See nomination guidelines here. 
2014 Annual Business Meeting in June
The 2014 ASTM International Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, during the ASTM June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.
Nominations Sought for Cavanaugh Memorial Award 
Nominations are being sought for the ASTM International William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees for the award may or may not be members of ASTM, and the title of honorary member is bestowed upon its recipients. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Click here for nomination information
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COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Metal Powders
The metal powders tested in Committee B09's latest standard are used extensively in both large and small precision parts in the automotive industry, as well as in various types of machinery and lighting products. [Full Story] 

Plastic Piping  

A proposed Committee F17 standard will be used to cover requirements and test methods for a new type of pipe intended for industrial or oil and gas wastewater transfer. [Full Story] 

Medical Implant Devices

Committee F04 is developing a standard that will help assure the safety of implantable medical devices through galvanic corrosion tests. [Full Story]


Committee D13 will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a reception and dinner at the January committee week in Houston, TX. [Full Story]  

Sensory Evaluation    
Committee E18 welcomes participation in the technical standards development activities of its subcommittee on sensory applications, which oversees the standard on sensory claim substantiation. [Full Story] 


A new Committee D14 standard will assist in providing the assurance that flooring materials containing vinyl and PVC can be installed as a green product without the worries of failure specific to plasticizer migration. [Full Story] 


The latest standard from Committee E56 provides clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyze them to determine their surface area. [Full Story] 

Vacuum Cleaners

A proposed Committee F11 standard will provide a laboratory conditions test for determining the sustained air performance and exhaust emissions of central vacuum cleaners. [Full Story] 

GLOBAL NOTES  . . . ASTM Around the World  


ASTM Declarable Substances Committee to Meet in China
ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials will holds its spring meeting in China. The four-day event will take place March 10-13 at the Thermo-Fisher facilities in Pudong, Shanghai. Fifteen nations are represented in the membership of Committee F40, with Chinese delegates leading the number of international participants. The meetings will begin with two days of technical standards development sessions, which are open to all registered attendees, regardless of membership in ASTM. In addition, the committee plans to schedule two technical exchange events. The first session is intended to better understand the status of chemical regulatory issues in China, which has a robust chemical regulatory framework covering hazardous, toxic and new chemical substances. The workshop will allow U.S. participants a better understanding of regulatory process in China and the obligations to their industry for compliance. The second session will focus on the topic of rare earth materials, of which China is the leading producer. For more information or to learn how you can take part, contact Alyson Fick. [Full Story]   

ASTM Staff Attends Standards Symposium in Turkey
Jeff Grove, ASTM vice president for global policy and industry affairs, made a presentation on the multiple pathways for the development of international standards at a symposium held in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 25-26. Sponsored by Türk Standartları Endtitüsü (TSE), the national standards body of Turkey, the international symposium included more than 650 participants. TSE signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM in 2003. Since that time, over 900 ASTM standards have served as the basis of Turkish national standards or have been referenced in regulations or national standards.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Radon Action and Standards  


Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that affects indoor air quality worldwide and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. To increase the public's awareness of the hazards of radon and promote radon testing and mitigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. EPA encourages state radon programs to conduct special radon outreach activities and events during the month of January. Standards play a key role in contributing to the technology behind radon mitigation, including ASTM E1465, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and ASTM E2121, Standard Practice for Installing Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings. When requesting bids for radon mitigation, homeowners can specify that any proposed radon system must comply with ASTM E2121. Both standards are under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E06.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance, part of ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. For additional information on radon protection, visit Visit the ASTM website for more information on the ASTM standards that cover radon.

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