Standards/Technical Committee News

Applications Are Being Accepted for ASTM Internationals Mather Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2006 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology.

January 1, 2006

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

Oil Spill Cleanup to Be Aided by Proposed In-Situ Burning Standard

The ongoing need to deal with oil in stranded ships, especially those in remote areas, is the impetus behind a proposed new standard being developed by ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. One possible response to such a crisis, burning the oil on the ship before it can damage the environment, is the subject of the proposed standard, F 2533, Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil in Ships or Other Vessels. F 2533 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F20.15 on In-Situ Burning.

December 1, 2005