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ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Climate and Community Standards Development

New activity from ASTM International’s environmental assessment, risk management and corrective action committee (E50) aims to address climate impacts and resiliency. Three proposed standards are the first in development by the recently established subcommittee on climate and community (E50.07).  

ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Cannabis and Consumer Safety

A proposed standard from ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) aims to help ensure product quality and improve consumer safety in the cannabis industry. The standard is being created with support from contributions of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

New Standard Presents Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying

A new ASTM International standard will aid the pharmaceutical industry by describing best practices in monitoring process and product condition during freeze-drying. ASTM’s committee on manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products (E55) developed the standard, which focuses on methods that apply to both laboratory and production environments.

New ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Grout and Tile Quality Control

New activity from ASTM International’s ceramic whitewares and related products committee (C21) focuses on standardizing grout and tile quality control.

New Standard Supports Data Exchange for Commercial Spaceflight

ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) has approved a new standard that supports the increasing amount of space travel by improving data exchange between space operators and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

According to ASTM International member Zheng Tao, as the number and diversity of space operations increase, improved date exchange will help air traffic management (ATM) more efficiently manage the National Airspace System (NAS) during these operations. 

New Thermal Insulation Standard Covers Metal Jacketing Installation

A new ASTM International standard covers installation techniques for metal jacketing on mechanical insulation systems. ASTM’s thermal insulation committee (C16) developed the new standard, soon to be available as C1879. 

Metal jacketing is used as the protective cover over pipe and rigid tubing insulation in most outdoor applications, which include oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food/beverage manufacture and storage, chilled water, potable water, and sewer systems. 

New Standard Will Help with Foundry Heat Stress Management

A new ASTM International standard will help protect foundry workers who routinely handle molten metal. ASTM’s occupational health and safety committee (E34) developed the new standard (E3279).

The standard includes an objective framework for recognizing heat stress and heat strain in foundries and it provides for the use of best practices to manage heat exposures to minimize heat strain. 

ASTM International Amusement Rides Committee Revising Key Standard

ASTM International’s amusement rides and devices committee (F24) is revising one of its key standards to include a new section requiring owner/operators to have a documented record retention program. 

The standard (F770) outlines information and establishes procedures for the operation, maintenance, inspection, and training for amusement rides and devices.  

Proposed Commercial Spaceflight Standard Will Define Passenger Medical Qualifications

ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) is developing a proposed standard that will serve as a guide for medical qualifications for suborbital vehicle passengers. 

The proposed standard (WK76057) will provide a consensus set of passenger acceptance guidelines that can serve as advice to commercial operators as they develop their own medical programs.

ASTM International Consumer Products Committee Revises Playground Equipment Standard

ASTM International’s consumer products committee (F15) has revised its standard consumer safety performance specification for playground equipment for public use. The revisions address several developments in the playground equipment industry while providing clarification on industry terms and designations.  

Specifically, the revisions to the standard, soon to be published as F1487, include but are not limited to:


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