Standards/Technical Committee News

Proposed Revision to ASTM International Corrosive Sulfur Standard Will Provide More Sensitive Test

During the past five years, certain insulating oils have been found to contain corrosive sulfur that can produce copper sulfide deposits as a function of time and temperature in operating equipment. A proposed revision to ASTM standard D 1275, Test Method for Corrosive Sulfur in Electrical Insulating Oils, will provide a means to certify that new or in service oils either contain or do not contain corrosive sulfur at a dangerous level.

January 1, 2006

Proposed New ASTM International Homeland Security Standard to Provide Preparedness Plans for Schools

The mass murder at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999 brought the subject of school security into the U.S. national spotlight and subsequent events, including other school-related incidents and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have kept it there. A proposed new ASTM International standard will help schools and school districts prepare for and mitigate against both large-scale natural and man-caused disaster, as well as isolated violent events that occur within schools.

January 1, 2006

New ASTM Oil Spill Response Standard Covers Single-Point Spray Dispersant Systems

Over the last three years, single-point spray systems have emerged as a leading form of oil spill dispersant, which has led to the development of a new standard by ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. The standard, F 2465, Guide for Oil Spill Dispersant Application Equipment: Single-Point Spray Systems, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F20.13 on Treatment.

January 1, 2006

ASTM International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Fostering government support for ASTM International Committee F23 on Protective Clothing and other standards developing committees related to protective clothing is the central goal of a new memorandum of understanding recently signed by ASTM International and the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agreement highlights the role of the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pa. to support standards development work related to personal protective clothing and equipment.

January 1, 2006

Continuity of Care Record Is Developed by ASTM International Health Care Informatics Committee

A revolutionary new ASTM International standard will change the way in which healthcare professionals preserve and transfer healthcare information about their patients. The standard, E 2369, Specification for Continuity of Care Record (CCR), was developed by Subcommittee E31.28 on Electronic Health Records, which is under the jurisdiction of Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics.

January 1, 2006

New ASTM International Standard Defines Conventions for Health Care Records in the Workplace

ASTM International Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics has approved a new standard that will aid in defining the application of existing conventions for the structure and content of electronic health record systems that are used to support healthcare practitioners in a workplace setting. The standard, E 2473, Guide for the Occupational/Environmental Health View of the Electronic Health Record, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E31.19 on Electronic Health Record Content and Structure.

January 1, 2006

Standards for Powered Scooters and Skateboards Are Subject of New ASTM Subcommittee

According to a report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in April 2005, more than 10,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 49 deaths have been attributed to powered scooters since 1998. With these statistics in mind, ASTM International’s Committee F15 on Consumer Products has formed a new subcommittee, F15.58 on Powered Scooters and Skateboards. The subcommittee was formed at an organizational meeting in October 2005.

January 1, 2006