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NJAA Newsletter   
Jan/Feb 2014
 
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In This Issue
Kimberle Samarelli - NJAA Executive Director
Ed McGlynn - NJAA Lobbyist
Lary Zucker - NJAA Legal Counsel
NJAA 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show
NAARSO Training Information
Thank you to our Sponsors!
2014 Conference on Tourism
Industry News & Announcements


Upcoming Industry Events

2014

The Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 19-20, 2014


The Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 17-20, 2014


24th Annual Scholarship Awards Kick-off Cocktail Party
Chart House
Inside the Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 19, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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MARCH
The Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
March 19-20, 2014


Amusement Expo 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 25-27, 2014




2013-2014
 
NJAA  Officers

President
John Maurer

1st Vice President
Scott Simpson

2nd Vice President
Angelo Cappetta

Treasurer/Secretary  Doug Woodfield

Executive Director Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel
Lary I. Zucker

Registered Government Affairs Representative
Edward R. McGlynn



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From the Desk of


Kim Newsletter Photo (2)

Kimberle Rolle Samarelli
NJAA Executive Director



Focus Forward

When a new year ushers in, it brings hope for new beginnings and positive changes. What's in store for 2014?

Last year's trade show was held just a few months after Sandy hit. It was a difficult and emotional time, but it brought us all together. The connection within our industry was felt by the attendees, and I believe we left the show feeling more optimistic than we had when we'd arrived.

A magical shift occurs when we focus forward and support one another. It gives us strength to overcome obstacles, accomplish goals and move on.

Fast forward twelve months - The NJAA 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show is less than two weeks away! The anticipation is building and I'm happy to report that registration is high and continues to grow for both the show and NAARSO Certification. This is a great sign of the progress we've made and everyone is excited for what 2014 and the future holds.

The NJAA trade show always feels like a big family reunion. We get to share ideas, talk about what we're doing in different areas of the business, and learn how we might apply those things to our everyday operations. It's also a time to attend informative seminars, visit with vendors to learn about the new and innovative products available, and to have fun and unwind at the 24th Annual Scholarship Kick-off Cocktail Party!

For tickets to the cocktail party, please call the NJAA office at 732-240-0000 or email: NJAA40PLUS@aol.com

I can't wait to see everyone in Atlantic City and to hear about the new beginnings and positive changes you have planned for the upcoming season!

 

From the Desk of




Edward R. McGlynn, Esq.
Government Affairs Agent
For
The New Jersey Amusement Association 


WILL IT EVER GET WARM AGAIN?  I'm sure all of us are experiencing the same feeling.

This year begins with changes in the makeup of the New Jersey Legislature as a result of the election of 2013. On January 13, 2014 the members of the Assembly and Senate were sworn in to begin a new legislative cycle lasting two years. All legislation which had been introduced during the previous legislative term expired as of inauguration day which was January 21, 2014. As everyone knows that is the day Governor Christie took office for his second and final term which ends in January of 2018.

The only significant legislative change occurred in the New Jersey Assembly where Assemblyman Vincent Prieto of Hudson County became the Speaker of the Assembly replacing Sheila Oliver from Essex County. The other legislative leadership positions remained the same in both houses. As far as control of both houses is concerned, both remain in solidly Democratic hands with the Senate still twenty four (24) to sixteen and the Assembly somewhere near forty eight (48) to thirty two (32). The Assembly will be up for re-election in November of 2015 while the Senate election does not occur until November of 2017.

I am not sure how many of our members watched the Inaugural address of Governor Christie or saw news reports of this address. In any event, a central theme of the address concerned the education of New Jersey students with a strong recommendation from the Governor that students should spend more time in school. While this was a central theme of the message, there were little details of how this would be done. Should students spend more time in school during the daytime? Should schools be open on the weekends? Should the calendar year be lengthened? Should students go to school during the summer? All of these questions and others will be forth coming in the next few months.

Obviously, this issue is of significant concern to our membership. We have already had discussions with various Senators and Assembly members concerning our concerns. We will monitor the proposals by the Governor diligently and will do all we can to protect our industry while understanding the education of the children of New Jersey is of utmost importance.

Other states have tried to lengthen the school calendar and it has been a failure. In fact our Association has for many years advocated not beginning the school year until after Labor Day so students have an opportunity to continue to earn money. Additionally, we have participated with a national organization for a Traditional School Calendar at IAAPA meetings.

We will continue to monitor this and other issues and keep the membership informed.

Looking forward to a warm spring!



From the Desk of


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Lary I. Zucker
NJAA Legal Counsel



"New Year / New Developments"

Despite the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, winter will soon end and spring will arrive, followed by Memorial Day and the summer season that we live for. The NJAA is fully engaged in preparing for 2014 by presenting the East Coast Show, sponsoring NAARSO outreach school and bringing you  news of the latest developments.

1.   Last year, I reported on an NJAA "wish list" of  proposals  that  would reduce DCA paperwork and lead to greater transparency  in the Type Certification process. On November 13, 2013, representatives of the NJAA and OABA met with DCA to discuss this wish list and the DCA was interested in many of our proposals. On February 10, the NJAA will meet with the DCA to continue our discussions to move the proposal forward.

2.   The CARSAB Subcommittee charged with updating the New Jersey version of ASTM F2291 has been meeting regularly and making progress towards harmonizing our Regulation adopting ASTM F2291(2004) with the latest version of the ASTM standard. The Subcommittee will meet again on February 10 and more progress will be made. On February 13-15, I will  attend  ASTM F-24 Committee meeting in Florida  to report on the work of the CARSAB Subcommittee.
 
3.   The IAPPA Governmental Relations (GR) Committee conducted its annual Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and members of the committee had an opportunity to lobby Congress on issues of importance to the amusement industry including minimum wage, international trade, transportation and immigration. The Committee also discussed the new IAAPA committee structure that will realign the GR committee and all major IAPPA committees. Under the new committee structure, GR will be one of five strategic committees that will report directly to the Board of Directors. In addition, there will be a separate GR subcommittee for each  IAPPA region; Asia, Europe. Latin America and North America.  We believe that this new committee structure will lead to closer ties and more regular cooperation between the  GR committee and the NJAA Board. Indeed, there was talk of promoting the development of state/ regional amusement associations using the NJAA as a model.

4.   Aerial Adventure courses such as zip lines, rope courses and challenge courses are now covered by a new ASTM standard, ASTM F-2959. The purpose of ASTM F-2959 is to provide designers, manufacturers, owners and operators with criteria for use in the design, manufacture, insulation and operation of aerial adventure courses.

5.   In New Jersey, aerial adventure courses are being considered amusement rides, except in day camps, where the Department of Health rules apply. However, ASTM F-2959 has not been adopted in New Jersey and the DCA will accept compliance with other industry standards. The DCA has looked at two industry standards;(1) a standard published by the Professional Ropes Course Association-Ropes, Challenge Course and Zip Line Canopy Tours.(2) A standard published by the Association for Challenge Course Technology-Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tour Standards. An owner/operator in New Jersey can comply with either one of these two standards, but after chosing one standard they must comply completely and may not pick and chose. For further information contact the DCA.

6.   ASTM has also published and adopted ASTM F-2970-13, standard practice for the design installation, operation, inspection of trampoline courts. At the present time, the DCA does not regard trampolines as amusement rides and trampoline courts do not have to be inspected or approved by the DCA. Trampolines only have to be approved when they are located within an amusement park where other regulated amusement rides are located.

7.   Don't forget to maintain ( or obtain) your RCMT Certification by attending the NJAA-NAARSO Outreach School in Atlantic City. You can qualify as an RCMT by achieving any level NAARSO Certification.

See you all in Atlantic City.




The New Jersey Amusement Association

Proudly Presents

The 19th Annual
East Coast Gift & Variety Show 2014
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

Wednesday, February 19
&
Thursday, February 20

(Exhibitor Setup - Tuesday, February 18)


The Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show is
"The Trade Show to Keep You Connected to the Amusement Industry in the Tri-State Area"


Join us at the Golden Nugget Grand Ballroom to connect and network with professionals from various segments of the tourism industry. Attendees include owners, partners, managers and buyers; as well as workers of amusement parks, arcades, games, concessions, piers and restaurants.

The NJAA is inviting individuals from New England, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. We're also encouraging our vendors to promote the trade show to their customers. If you'd like to tell your customers about the show and have them attend, supply us with your email list and we will promote!

The seminars being offered to attendees have been scheduled to avoid conflicts with show hours. This year's seminars include:

Annual Ride Regulations Update
Wednesday Feb 19th at 10:00 am

&

Legalized Games of Chance Update
Thursday Feb 20th at 10:00 am

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On Wednesday, February 19th, the NJAA  will hold its 24th Annual Scholarship Awards Party. Join the Board of Directors and NJAA members for a chance to unwind and participate in a great social event!

24th Annual Scholarship Awards Party


Kick-off Cocktail Reception 
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  
at 

Chart House
Located at the Golden Nugget


Tickets are available through the NJAA Office:

Phone: 732-240-0000

Email: NJAA40Plus@aol.com

Fax: 732-240-0002


Up to $5,000 in Scholarships Awarded


For College Students
 
who are continuing their education    

For Incoming Freshmen

who are graduating from high school


The New Jersey Amusement Association's Scholarship Fund was started in 1988 by a committee chaired by Ken Wynne as a separate non-profit corporation to give something back to those who work so hard giving life to our industry. The fund will make annual awards to qualified applicants who are matriculated at or will be matriculated at an accredited college or university.

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The following four attachments contain important information for you to download. These documents are time sensitive, so please print the forms and return them as soon as possible.

1. Exhibitors' application includes NJAA Show Space Contract, registration form, hotel information, and other pertinent details.



2. Vista Convention Services Exhibitor Kit includes forms for various items you may require for your exhibit. Please note the following instructions after viewing their kit.

Please go to the Vista web site: www.vistacs.com

Click on EXHIBITOR LOGIN
The username is NJAA (all caps/no spaces)
The password is GNUGGET (all caps/no spaces).
This will bring up all the forms in the kit.
Print out your desired forms and fax back to Vista at: 609.485.2392

3. Golden Nugget Application for Electrical Services includes rates for providing power lines to the booth and primary connection to the equipment. Please return this order with full payment two weeks prior to event to insure timely installation.
4. NAARSO Training Registration Form for those of you who need to renew your certification. Please note there is a mandatory completion date of March 31, 2014.

 

If you have questions, you can contact the New Jersey Amusement Association using one of the following options:  

Phone: (732) 240-0000

Toll Free: (866) 933-1340                                  

Postal Mail: P.O. Box 178, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751


  
Thank You!

We look forward to seeing you at the show!




6th Annual
East Coast / Mid-Atlantic
Regionalized NAARSO
Outreach Safety School

Sponsored by the New Jersey Amusement Association
&
Presented by NAARSO


 Where

Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ


When

February 17-20, 2014 - 32 hour program

February 19-20, 2014 - 16 hour program

February 20, 2014 - Certification Exams



Registration
(fees are per person)


Member Prices:
$550/week or $150/day


Non-Member Prices:
$650/week or $175/day


Meal Package:
4 days $50
2 days $30


Test and Test Prep Only
$150


Time

8:00 am - 4:30 pm Classes


Our program will cover the following:

32 hour Advanced Classes (all days)

16 hour Basic Classes (on 19th & 20th)

NAARSO Level I & Level II exams


Please Note:

There are ADDITIONAL FEES that need to be paid directly to NAARSO. Please contact them directly at: 813-661-2779

If you have any questions, call the NJAA office at
732-240-0000 



Thank You to Our Sponsors! 


The NJAA extends its gratitude to the following sponsors for their generosity and support of the 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show!
 

24th Annual Scholarship Awards
Kick-Off  Cocktail Party Sponsor






Trade Show Sponsors



 

Naughton Insurance

Allied Specialty Insurance

Haas Wilkerson Insurance




2014 New Jersey
Conference on Tourism
March 19 - 20, 2014
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

Presented by the NJ Travel Industry Association

Inspirational speakers, renown expo, industry awards, networking opportunities, special hotel rate, and much more!


Keynote Speakers:



Travel Detective Peter Greenberg

A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America's most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as "The Travel Detective," he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.




Coach Bob Hurley

Coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony High School is one of the winningest coaches in the history of high school basketball. He has been featured on CBS's Sixty Minutes and had a book written about him "The Miracle of St Anthony, a Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty". A sought after speaker, Coach Hurley's motivational speeches inspire and energize listeners, sports fan or not.


For more information, call (609) 396-2020 or send an email to: info@njtia.org


You can also visit our website at:



Industry News
&
Announcements
 

Local Industry News/Announcements


   
Winter 2014 Webinar Dates
for the Affordable Care Act 101

Presented by SBA & Small Business Majority


Health care continues to be an important issue for small business owners.  The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are committed to helping businesses navigate the changes and opportunities in health care through the Affordable Care Act 101 webinar series.

Each week, small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in small business health insurance marketplaces. Other topics discussed include insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, and employer shared responsibility provisions.  SBA representatives help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees.

The Affordable Care Act 101 takes place every Thursday at
2 PM ET. Below are the registration links for upcoming presentations. 

  

Thursday, February 13 at 2:00 PM ET: 

  

Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 PM ET: 
Thursday, February 27 at 2:00 PM ET: 
For more information on how the new health care law affects small businesses, visit: www.businessusa.gov/healthcare


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Avoiding the Wage & Hour Trap (WH14)


A Seminar Presented by the  
NJ Business & Industry Association

February 14, 2014

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Sheraton Eatontown 
Exit 105 
Garden State Parkway

This seminar offers comprehensive information on new minimum wage rates, properly classifying employees, correctly utilizing independent contractors & interns, & applying time clock rounding. Practical tips will also be provided on how to deal with unauthorized work, business trips, commuting time, & more.

Keeping up with wage and hour laws can be a daunting task, especially with recent changes to New Jersey's minimum wage.  This half-day seminar offers comprehensive information on new minimum wage rates, properly classifying employees, correctly utilizing independent contractors and interns, and applying time clock rounding.  Practical tips will also be provided on how to deal with unauthorized work, business trips, commuting time, and a host of other confusing wage issues.  Plenty of time will be set aside to answer your questions and network with fellow participants and speakers. 
 
Agenda:

    The Right Decision: 
Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

    The Finer Points: 
Minimum Wage, Rounding, & Record Retention

    The Slip-Ups: 
    Unauthorized Overtime, Internships & Other Pitfalls

    The Practical Tips: 
    Avoiding Wage & Hour Audits


The cost to attend is $129 per person for NJBIA members and $169 for nonmembers and will be held at the Sheraton Eatontown from 8:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Katie Wittkamp at 609-393-7707, ext. 9481. To become a sponsor, contact Sherry Esteves at ext. 9484.

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Betson to Open Office In Salt Lake City, Utah

Carlstadt, NJ - December 20, 2013 - Betson Enterprises, the leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts and service, has recently announced they will be opening their 13th distribution office to be located in Salt Lake City, Utah scheduled to open in February 2014.

"We see this region as a strong Family Entertainment market. We will bring to our operating customers our financial commitments and aggressive marketing programs with improved parts and service support", commented Bob Geschine, President of H. Betti Industries, Inc. 

Look for further announcements in early 2014.

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Betson Enterprises Announces Distribution Agreement with Three Square Market

Carlstadt, NJ - January 31, 2014 - Betson Enterprises, the leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service, is proud  to announce that a distribution agreement has been reached with Three Square Market, the leading provider and innovator of micro market technology.  

As an authorized distributor, Betson will market, finance, promote and distribute Three Square micro market solutions to locations that have a need for self-service vending.

"We are very proud to announce this distributor agreement with Three Square Market. This relationship plays an important role in our plans for continuing expansion into the self-service market" said Steven Betti, Vice-President of Betson/Vending.

Micro markets are a rapidly growing segment in today's automatic merchandising industry. Customizing locations with products that fit local patterns of demand can be a very powerful and profitable tool for any organization.

Three Square micro-markets can be installed in any location, enabling customers to have their own convenience store at their fingertips. Using innovative software and kiosks developed by Three Square Market to facilitate self-checkout, the possibilities are endless. Locations will have the capability to personalize each market offering food, beverage, merchandise and much more! Each market has several design options available to customize kiosks, shelving, and coolers to boost the appearance of any location. Payment will be a breeze, as every kiosk accepts all payments types, direct deposits and even allows customers to pay by using their smart phone. Kiosk installation is quick, simple, and can even serve as a hub for local companies, such as restaurants and movie theaters. An exclusive inventory management and security system monitors each market, so that in the event of a loss, action can be taken against violators.

Through this new business venture, Betson is excited to expand the reach of Three Square Market. The distribution agreement will go into effect immediately and Betson is stocked and ready to provide Three Square Market product to customers. For more information, please contact Chris Betti at 800-524-2343 ext. 93328 or email him at cbetti@betson.com.


About Betson Enterprises: Headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Betson Enterprises with 13 distribution offices nationwide is the leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service in the United States. We will be celebrating our 80th year of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry in 2014.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson Enterprises can help you make informed decisions that are best for your business with an industry proven reputation for quality and customer focus. For additional information you can contact our corporate office at us at 201-438-1300 or email us at info@betson.com.

About Three Square Market: Three Square Markets/Turnkey Corrections are a subsidiary of TW Vending, a leading provider of kiosks, commissary, video visitation, inmate e-mail, inmate telephone, trust accounting, jail supplies and other key technology products to the corrections industry. Since 1998, TW vending has been an innovator and Three Square Market is a new extension of its patented technology. Each Three Square Market will be operated by a franchisee (licensed party) and interested parties can learn more about being a licensed partner by visiting www.32Market.com, email Patrick at patrickm@32Market.com  call 612.267.8277 or follow Three Square Market on twitter at @32Market. TW Vending provides services currently provides service to commercial environments and jails in over 28 states and continues to grow through its brand rapidly.


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2014 Summer Opening
Diggerland USA
A Construction Themed Adventure Park
Being Built By Sahara Sam's Oasis
West Berlin, NJ




Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park in Berlin Township, New Jersey, is planning a summer opening for Diggerland USA, a construction-themed amusement park.

The 14-acre facility will offer attractions such as "Sky Shuttle," "Spin Dizzy" and "Backhoe Adventure" as well as backhoes, tractors, small excavators, skid-steer loaders, mini-dumpers, a ropes course, an arcade, several train rides, a swamp buggy ride and rock climbing.

Plans were unveiled at a January 14, 2014 press conference. To learn more, visit: Sahara Sam's Oasis or Diggerland USA

Related articles:

Amusement park promises family fun in Berlin Twp.Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (1/15)

Sahara Sam's in Berlin announces new amusement park: Diggerland USASouth Jersey Times (Woodbury, N.J.) (1/17)



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National Industry News/Announcements


ASTM International Announces that  
Franceen Gonzales has been Elected to the
ASTM International Board of Directors



Franceen Gonzales


BALTIMORE, MD - ASTM International has announced that Franceen Gonzales, Vice President, Waterpark Business Development of WhiteWater West, has been elected to the ASTM International Board of Directors.  Her term will run for two years starting January 1, 2014.  

The ASTM International Board of Directors, which consists of twenty-five people, is responsible for the worldwide affairs of the Society which is the globally-recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.  Approximately 12,000 standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

"I am certainly honored and humbled by the confidence being placed in me.  ASTM International is made up of more than 30,000 of the world's top technical experts and business professionals representing 150 plus countries.  These volunteers tirelessly contribute literally millions of man hours annually all in the name of making the world a better and safer place.  I am proud to be among them," expressed Franceen Gonzales.

A member of ASTM International since 2001, Gonzales serves on Committees D22 on Air Quality, F15 on Consumer Products and F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. She is currently Recording Secretary for the Main F24 Committee and Secretary of the F24 Executive Subcommittee. She was Chairman of Subcommittee F24.70 on Water-Related Amusement Rides and Devices from 2006 to 2009.

"Franceen has been incredibly committed to the F24 Committee and its goal of producing the most comprehensive safety standards for ride safety in the world.  Her passion for guest and worker safety runs deep and sets a high standard for the rest of us to meet.   As Chairman of F24 for the past six years, I have relied greatly on Franceen to help guide the dramatic expansion of the committee membership and of the standards both in content and global acceptance.  She has never shied away from any task or challenge whatsoever," exclaimed Jim Seay President of Premier Rides and Chairman of the ASTM F24 Committee.

In 2013 Gonzales and Seay, along with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Vice President of Latin American Operations Paulina Rayes, worked with the Bolivian Government to create a framework that could be adopted worldwide that allowed the ASTM F24 safety standards to be incorporated into the country's regulatory code while respecting regional priorities.

Len Morrissey, Director/TCO Division of ASTM International, stated, "The success in Bolivia demonstrated that any country, including those with rapidly emerging economies, can set a high bar for safety.  Franceen was an integral part of the effort and her international expertise was clearly evident.  ASTM is fortunate to have her on board."

In her current role at WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., Franceen, who is based in Florida, is responsible for directing sales and business development for the waterpark and attractions company in areas of the U.S. and throughout Latin America.

Gonzales has more than 25 years of experience in waterpark operations, safety and risk management. She assumed her current role in 2013 and prior to that served as Vice President of Risk Management and Waterparks at Great Wolf Resorts, Madison, Wisconsin, where she oversaw safety and risk management as well as waterpark operations and maintenance for the company's 12 indoor/outdoor waterpark resorts in North America. She has also held top management roles at Six Flags Great Adventure, Golfland Entertainment Centers Inc., Waterworld Safari and Wet 'N' Wild Waterworld.


ABOUT ASTM COMMITTEE F24 
ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices was formed in 1978. F24 works year round using ASTM's Virtual Meeting online technology and meets face-to-face twice a year, usually in February and October, typically with over 250 attendees from around the world attending several days of technical meetings. The Committee, with current membership of over 800 global members, currently has jurisdiction over 17 standards, published in multiple languages in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.07. These standards continue to play a preeminent role in all safety aspects important to amusement rides and devices.

ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL 
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world and is a trusted source for the technical standards of materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries. Participation in ASTM International is open to all with a material interest, anywhere in the world.

  
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ASTM F24 2014 Bi-Annual Global Safety Standards Committee Meeting to be held in February in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

  

 
Dr. Kathryn Woodcock facilitates a Task Group Meeting on Ride Accessibility during the ASTM F24 Bi-Annual Meeting last October


ASTM F24, the committee on amusement rides and attractions which produces global safety standards for the amusement industry, will be holding three days of meetings from Wednesday, February 12 through Saturday February 15, 2014.  All of the meetings will occur at the host hotel, the Riverside Hotel which is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.    Approximately fifty separate meetings will be held, each focusing on a specific safety element of the amusement industry. Approximately 250 people including the world's leading ride safety experts are expected to attend. Meetings are open to both members and non-members of ASTM and registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/ASTMF24 .

For the second time, a networking event has been added on Wednesday evening that is open to all attendees.  First time attendees are especially encouraged to come to the networking event to meet committee heads and learn about the different task groups.  

Since the Fall Meeting, extensive work has been accomplished including the formal publishing of a number of new standards.  Additionally, there were F24 meetings held at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Expo held in Orlando, Florida in November on important subjects such as Ride Accessibility.

Jim Seay, Chairman of ASTM F24 Committee and President of Premier Rides, commented, "With F24 membership rapidly moving towards the 1,000 mark, the industry is incredibly fortunate to have so many people volunteering their time to travel from around the globe, and to represent a wide diversity of constituents in the important process of developing global safety standards.  I look forward to a very productive meeting."

Limited rooms at the host hotel remain; however, a number of other hotels in close proximity have rooms available.

Traditional areas of interest will be covered in the meetings including Test Methods, Specifications and Terminology, Design and Manufacturing, Maintenance and Inspection, and Operations.  Additionally, there will be significant participation in meetings that focus on special rides and attractions such as ziplines, trampoline courts, and zorbs.

One of the fastest areas of growth in the amusement industry is the waterpark segment and there will be task groups meeting on a number of related topics including waterslides, interactive aquatic play, drains, conveyors, and standing wave systems.

A new task group on Amusement Attraction Cyber Security will get together for the first time at the meeting on Thursday, February 13.  Seay noted, "A number of F24 members highlighted the importance of cyber security to the F24 Executive Board, and as a response, a task group led by Linda Freeman of Rockwell Automation was established.  Many amusement attractions use highly sophisticated systems and one can appreciate the importance of keeping those systems secure."

Walk ups are welcome and encouraged; registration opens at the Wednesday Evening Reception. A complete list of meeting details can be found at the ASTM website.

ABOUT ASTM COMMITTEE F24
ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices was formed in 1978. F24 works year round using ASTM's Virtual Meeting online technology and meets face-to-face twice a year, usually in February and October, typically with over 250 attendees from around the world attending several days of technical meetings. The Committee, with current membership of approximately 850 global members, currently has jurisdiction over 17 standards, published in multiple languages in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.07. These standards continue to play a preeminent role in all safety aspects important to amusement rides and devices.

ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world and is a trusted source for the technical standards of materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries. Participation in ASTM International is open to all with a material interest, anywhere in the world.




The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.


If you have any questions or concerns, we can always be contacted at 732-240-0000 or njaa40plus@aol.com.

Remember to check our website www.njamusements.com for valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information.



Sincerely,

Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association