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ASTM International Practice for Foundries Provides Safety Requirements

A new standard developed by ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety will provide foundries with a comprehensive set of safety requirements. The standard, E 2349, Practice for Safety Requirements in Metal Casting Operations: Sand Preparation, Molding, and Core Marking; Melting and Pouring; and Cleaning and Finishing, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E34.20 on Foundry Safety and Health.

ASTM International Standards Provide Blueprint for Inspecting Firestop Systems

Firestop systems have become essential components in saving lives and minimizing property damage during a fire. Because the installation of a firestop system is a very exacting, zero-tolerance process, it is imperative that the post-installation inspection of a firestop system also be exacting. Two ASTM International standards developed by ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings are now important components in the accurate inspection of firestop systems.

Sporicidal Test Method Developed by ASTM International Committee on Homeland Security

A longtime need for better standardization and testing of sporicides has led to the approval of a new ASTM International standard, E 2414, Test Method for Quantitative Sporicidal Three-Step Method (TSM) to Determine Sporicidal Efficacy of Liquids and Vapor or Gases on Contaminated Carrier Surfaces. The newly approved test method, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.03 on Decontamination, is the second standard approved by Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications.

New ASTM International Sampling Standard Builds on Former Military Document

A former military standard has become the basis for a new ASTM standard developed by Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics. The new standard, E 2234, Practice for Sampling a Stream of Product by Attributes Indexed by AQL, will be the first in a series based on a now-withdrawn set of military documents on sampling.

Structural Wood Adhesives to Be the Subject of ASTM International Wood Committee Workshop

"Performance of Structural Wood Adhesives: Issues Related to the ASTM Standards on Engineered Wood Products" is the subject of a workshop being sponsored by ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood. The workshop will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, as part of the ASTM October Committee Week in Dallas, Texas. For those interested, a joint meeting of Subcommittee D07.02 on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products and Subcommittee D14.30 on Wood Adhesives will be held that day from 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ASTM International Committee on Airplane Electrical Wiring Approves First Standard

ASTM International Committee F39 on Normal and Utility Category Airplane Electrical Wiring Systems has approved its first standard, F 2490, Guide for Aircraft Electrical Load and Power Source Capacity Analysis. The new guide covers how to prepare an electrical load analysis to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

Bicycle and Car Locks Are Subject of Two New Standards Development Task Groups in ASTM International

ASTM International Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment has formed two new task groups on non-padlock type locks that will be under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F12.50 on Locking Devices. The new task groups will be working on standards for performance testing for bicycle locks and for after-market automotive accessory locks.

According to Christopher Rohde, senior product design engineer, Master Lock Company, some of the locks to be covered by the bicycle task group include the following:

Waterfront Boat Barrier Standard Under Development in ASTM International

ASTM Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment invites all interested parties to join in the development of a new standard on waterfront boat barriers. This activity will be under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F12.10 on Systems Products and Services.

Invasive Species Standards Proposed by ASTM International Committee on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate

The signing of Executive Order 13112 created the National Invasive Species Council in 1999. With this order, the U.S. federal government acknowledged the adverse effect that invasive species can have to the long term sustainability of species, communities and ecosystems, while identifying needs that reflect, in part, the role that the development and implementation of standards brings to assessment and monitoring activities that are part of the developing process of invasive species management and control.

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