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New Parachute Standard Helps Recover Small Planes

A new ASTM International standard outlines minimum requirements for designing, manufacturing, and installing emergency parachute systems that help recover a small plane’s airframe, potentially helping occupants survive, according to Jay Yeakle, a member of ASTM International’s general-aviation aircraft committee (F44) and who serves as an administrator at Cirrus Aircraft.

Three New Standards Aim to Support Cannabis Facility Security

Three new ASTM International standards aim to support security for cannabis businesses. The standards cover video surveillance systems, access control systems, and intrusion detection systems.

“Cannabis businesses and facilities have unique needs related to protecting cannabis products and waste as well as the people and assets on-site,” says Patricia Haley, owner and principal security consultant at PWG. “These standards can act as a supporting resource when people consider how to design for protection and safety measures in a new facility or retrofitting existing spaces.”

Two New Guides Aim to Train Forensic Sciences Analysts on Paint, Tape Evidence

Two new ASTM International guides could help train forensic analysts to conduct trace evidence examinations on materials rarely seen in criminal investigations. 

Diana Wright, chair of the materials (trace) subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science, says that there was a need for standardized subject matter expertise for analysts – particularly those just entering the field – who collect paint and tape evidence at crime scenes.

New ASTM International Standard to Help Test for Phthalates in Resilient Flooring

A new ASTM International standard aims to help those involved in manufacturing and selling resilient flooring to test for ortho-phthalate content. 

According to ASTM International member Amy Costello, sustainability manager at Armstrong Flooring Inc., the new standard specifically aims to improve reproducibility and repeatability for phthalate content testing in resilient floors. She says the new standard could help flooring manufacturers and retailers, home improvement stores, and testing laboratories complete testing with greater consistency.

ASTM International Publishes Auditing Standard for Cannabis Businesses

A new ASTM International standard provides voluntary guidelines for establishing and conducting audits of cannabis businesses. The organization’s cannabis committee (D37) developed the new standard (soon to be published as D8308). 

Proposed ASTM International Standard Will Help Evaluate Roof Assembly Changes

ASTM International’s performance of buildings committee (E06) is developing a proposed standard (WK70955) that will help evaluate potential impacts of changes to the thermal and moisture properties of roof assemblies and the conditioning of space below roof decks.   

Specifically, the standard could help evaluate steep-sloped roof assemblies after:

New ASTM International Rubber Standard Aims to Improve Silica Quality

A new ASTM International standard aims to improve the quality of precipitated silica, which is used as a filler ingredient for rubber.  

ASTM International’s rubber and rubber-like materials committee (D11) developed the new standard (D8300) which provides a test method to determine whether the degree of electrical conductivity is suitable for rubber-grade silica, for example, used as reinforcing filler in modern tires. 

Proposed Standard Will Update Requirements for PVDF Materials

ASTM International’s plastics committee (D20) is developing a proposed standard that will provide updated and accurate requirements and test methods for products manufactured from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a specialty plastic.   

ASTM International Committee Developing Women’s Softball Mask Standard

ASTM International’s sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities committee (F08) has begun developing a standard on defensive masks for women’s softball players. The proposed standard (WK70909) will apply to defensive/infielder masks that are designed specifically not to be worn with or attached to any type of helmet structure. 

ASTM International Air Quality Committee Developing Formaldehyde Analysis Guide

A proposed ASTM International standard-guide could help examine the range of commercially available methods for analyzing formaldehyde concentrations in indoor air. 

While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance, chronic long-term exposure can potentially lead to health issues, according to the World Health Organization’s report on formaldehyde in indoor environments.    

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