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Proposed Thermal Spray Aluminum Standard Aims to Prevent Corrosion

A proposed ASTM International standard aims to help industries obtain properly coated thermal spray aluminum coated carbon steel pipe used to mitigate corrosion under insulation.

Proposed Standard Aims to Help with Climate Planning at Oil and Chemical Release Sites

ASTM International’s committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50) is developing a standard aimed at helping plan and implement climate-related policies at oil and chemical release sites. 

The standard will cover site assessment, feasibility studies, remedial design, and implementation, according to committee member Helen Waldorf.

ASTM International Cancels April Standards Meetings in Boston, Prague

In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and growing safety concerns for members and staff, ASTM International announced today that previously scheduled April standards development meetings in Boston (March 29-April 3) and Prague (April 27-30) have been canceled. 

The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

New Waste Management Standard Helps Measure Surfactant Concentrations

A new ASTM International standard will be used to help measure the concentration of potentially hazardous surfactants that are used in consumer and industrial products. ASTM’s waste management committee (D34) approved the new standard (D8310). 

According to ASTM International member Larry Zintek, chemicals covered in the new standard are released into the environment through direct use and down-the-drain disposal.

New ASTM International Will Help Promote Safety of Infant Bathers

A new ASTM International standard aims to enhance the safety of infant bathers. The consumer safety specification establishes performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to promote safe use of the popular products, which allow parents and caregivers to bathe newborns and infants in a reclined position.  

Specifically, the standard covers sharp edges, small parts, labeling, restraint systems, structural integrity, stability, and more.    

ASTM International Plastics Committee Revises Resin ID Code, More Updates Coming

A revision to ASTM International’s standard for resin identification code, or RIC, (known as D7611) brings greater specificity to resin code “1.” ASTM’s plastics committee (D20) invites interested participants to join in further revisions of the standard, as code numbers and mechanisms for adding codes continue to be clarified.

Proposed Thermal Insulation Standard Covers Protective Jackets for Equipment

A proposed ASTM International standard aims to help engineers who use water-resistant protective jackets to encase thermal insulation. The organization’s thermal insulation committee (C16) is developing the standard. 

ASTM International Toy Safety Group Seeks Help Reviewing Tricycle Standard

ASTM International’s toy safety subcommittee (F15.22) is seeking help reviewing a tricycle standard that is slated to be transferred to its jurisdiction from the American National Standards Institute. The subcommittee is part of ASTM International’s larger consumer products committee (F15).

The ANSI standard (ANSI Z315.1) covers safety requirements for tricycles used by children eight and under. 

ASTM International Launches New Rubber Sustainability Group

ASTM International’s rubber committee has approved a new subcommittee focused on rubber sustainability. 

According to Timothy Morris, chair of ASTM’s rubber committee (D11), the new group will develop standardized terms, test methods, specifications, practices, and classifications that support sustainability of rubber, rubber products, systems, and services. Topics will include rubber recycling, devulcanization of rubber, and biodegradation of rubber and micro-rubber.  

Safety Equipment Institute Launches Metal Detector Certification Program

The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), an affiliate of ASTM International, has launched a certification program for hand-worn and hand-held metal detectors that are covered in three ASTM standards (F3020, F3278, and F3356). The program deals with characteristics that should affect the model’s ability to meet the performance requirements of the certification standard. These characteristics include: 


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