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ASTM International Establishes New Stormwater Control Measures Committee

ASTM International’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new technical committee on stormwater control measures (E64). The approval comes after an organizational meeting for the new committee happened in early October.

New ASTM International Standard Provides Guidance on Slag Product Classification

A new standard developed by ASTM International’s road and paving materials committee (D04) provides guidance on both blast and steel furnace slag product classification.

ASTM defines iron and steel slags as the nonmetallic products of the manufacturing of iron and steel. They can be considered products based on the mineralogy of samples that are tested using this standard as a guide.

New ASTM International Standard Will Help Improve the Fit of Respirators

A new ASTM International standard test method will help improve the fit of particle-only air-purifying respirators, including filtering facepiece respirators, in an effort to ensure wearers have adequate protection. ASTM’s personal protective clothing and equipment committee (F23) developed the standard, which is published as F3407

New ASTM International Standard Is First for Testing Corrosion Effects in Manufacturing of Additives

A new standard developed by ASTM International’s concrete pipe committee (C13) is the first standard test for determining the effectiveness of antimicrobial additives on the corrosion of concrete.

“This standard presents test methods to help determine effects of biogenic acidification on concrete products and/or the efficacy of antimicrobial products to resist microbially-induced corrosion in concrete,” says Mel Marshall, president of Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants, Inc.  

New Commercial Spaceflight Standard Supports Safety of Suborbital Vehicles

A new standard developed by ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) establishes a failure tolerance for suborbital vehicles specific to situations of occupant safety.

Failure tolerance, also known as fault tolerance, is the ability of a system to continue satisfying safety or operational objectives in the event one or more components fail.

New ASTM Standard Will Support Biomedical Nanomaterials Measurement

A new ASTM International standard test method will support the measurement of nanoparticle-based products used in a wide range of applications from cancer therapy to antibacterial coatings in textiles. ASTM’s nanotechnology committee (E56) developed the new standard, which was recently published as E3247.

Proposed ASTM International Petroleum Standard Will Help Provide Accurate Information on Hydrocarbons

A proposed ASTM International standard will be used to help determine the effects of petroleum processes in the production of finished fuels. ASTM’s petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants committee (D02) is developing the proposed standard. 

ASTM International Developing Proposed Standard for Special Needs Shopping Carts

ASTM International’s consumer products committee (F15) has developed a new standard that addresses performance and safety specifications for special needs shopping carts. Such carts would be used in grocery, drug, discount, and other retail stores. 

According to ASTM International member Alan Deal, the intended use of the carts described in the standard is to transport, or assist the transport, of a special needs individual while shopping.

ASTM International Petroleum Committee Revises Standard to Include Study on New Dyed Gel Batch

ASTM International’s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02) has revised its standard for hydrocarbon types in liquid petroleum products by fluorescent indicator adsorption (D1319). This latest revision documents the results of a study that evaluated performance of a new production batch of the dyed gel used in the method versus the workable past production.

ASTM International Walkway Surface Standard Aims to Support Pedestrian Safety

A new standard practice developed by ASTM International’spedestrian/walkway safety and footwear committee (F13) provides insight on the selection of walkway surfaces when considering pedestrian safety.

This standard, soon to be available as F3132, outlines key elements for selecting new or planned walkway surfaces for reduced risk of slips and falls.

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