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Proposed Standard Provides Guidance on Management of Waste Impacted by PFAS

A proposed ASTM International standard provides guidance on the management of investigation-derived waste (IDW) from sites that may be impacted by perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). The committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50) is developing the standard.

PFAS are chemicals often found in products including household items, outdoor gear, nonstick cookware and more. IDW is the water, soil and cuttings that develop during sampling and drilling activities when investigating a likely contaminated site.

New ASTM International Practice for Making Butt Fusion Joints

A new ASTM International standard will help determine procedures for making butt fusion joints with Polyamide 12 (PA12) pipe and fitting by means of heat fusion joining. ASTM’s plastic piping systems committee (F17) developed the standard, which will soon be published as F3372.

Proposed Standard Will Test for Deterioration Resistance

A proposed ASTM International standard would provide the determination of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in aqueous matrices. ASTM’s committee on water (D19) is developing the proposed standard (WK73235).

The proposed method would be applicable for the rapid, and definitive determination of PFAS compounds in water samples ranging from clean water to highly contaminated wastewater. The proposed method would provide the flexibility of users to modify the calibration model or add and remove compounds as needed provided the quality control acceptance criteria is met.

Proposed Petroleum Standard Will Help In-Service Oil Monitoring

A proposed ASTM International standard will aim to help determine the remaining level of phenolic compounds in lubricating oils. ASTM’s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02) is developing the proposed standard, which describes a trend analysis process using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometry.

Proposed Standard Guide Will Support Effective Marine Sanitation Systems

A proposed ASTM International standard will support the effective operation, maintenance, and health of shipboard marine sanitation devices (MSDs). ASTM’s ships and marine technology committee (F25) is developing the proposed standard (WK73063). 

According to ASTM International member Todd Ripley, the proposed guide will provide information and clarity to support the health and maintenance of MSDs on maritime vessels. The guide would also include best practices to promote effective operations and performance throughout the lifecycle of a device. 

Proposed Cannabis Specification Establishes Symbol for THC Content

A proposed ASTM International standard would establish symbols for all consumer products that contain THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.  ASTM’s cannabis committee (D37) is developing the proposed standard (WK72710).

Proposed Exoskeleton Standard Will Help Prevent Ergonomic Hazards and Injuries

A proposed ASTM International standard would help provide functional ergonomic guidelines for the design, construction, and use of exoskeletons. ASTM’s committee on exoskeletons and exosuits (F48) is developing the proposed standard (WK73074).

Proposed 3D Imaging Standard Will Focus on Robotic Assembly Applications

A proposed ASTM International standard is intended to focus on robotic assembly applications. ASTM’s 3D imaging systems committee (E57) is developing the proposed standard (WK72962), which should be the first in a series of standards on 3D, or depth perception, systems. 

According to ASTM International member John Sweetser, principal engineer, Intel Corp/Realsense Group, there are currently few established standards for 3D systems.

Soil and Rock Committee Developing Proposed Standards on Sediment Retention and Erosion Control

ASTM International’s soil and rock committee (D18) is developing proposed standards that cover sediment retention fiber rolls (SRFRs) and rolled erosion control products (RECPs). D18’s erosion and sediment control technology subcommittee (D18.25) is developing the proposed standards. 

Proposed standard WK39691 will help measure the basic physical properties of SRFRs, which are used to inhibit the migration of sediment that has been displaced and carried by flowing water. 

Proposed Plastic Piping Standard Will Test for Deterioration Resistance

A proposed ASTM International standard would be used to evaluate the resistance of polypropylene piping to deterioration when used in circulating domestic hot water systems. ASTM’s plastic piping systems committee (F17) is developing the proposed standard (WK66288). 

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