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Proposed Standard Will Cover Water-Resistive Barriers and Air Barriers in Building Envelopes

A proposed ASTM International standard will help engineers to better understand how various climates affect water vapor transmission of water-resistive barriers and air barriers (WRB/AB) in building envelopes. ASTM’s performance of buildings committee (E06) is developing the proposed standard. 

Proposed Standard Will Help Label Carbon Intensity of Biobased Products

A proposed ASTM International standard for carbon intensity score will help consumers who want to make purchase decisions based on sustainable bio-based products. ASTM’s industrial biotechnology committee (E62) is developing the proposed standard. 

Participants Sought for Development of Non-Volatile Residue Content Biofuels Standard

Interested parties are invited to join in the development of a proposed ASTM International standard for determining the non-volatile residue in ethanol and ethanol solutions. ASTM’s committee on bioenergy and industrial chemicals from biomass (E48) is developing the proposed standard. 

According to ASTM International member Kari Cook, monitoring non-volatile residue  content is an important aspect of maintaining product quality. 

Proposed Standard Would Help Measure Surface Skid Resistance

ASTM International’s vehicle-pavement systems committee (E17) is developing a proposed standard that will help measure skid resistance for a wide variety of surfaces. The proposed standard describes the procedure for using portable continuous reading, fixed-slip measuring equipment (CFME) to measure skid resistance.

ASTM International Invites Participation in Revision of Field Hockey Eye Safety Standard

ASTM International’s committee on sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities (F08) invites interested parties to participate in an ongoing revision of its standard on eye protectors for field hockey players. The purpose of the revision is to incorporate prescription lens carrier requirements into the standard (F2713). 

ASTM International Forms New Subcommittee on Climate and Community

ASTM International’s environmental assessment, risk management and corrective action committee (E50) has formed a new subcommittee that will focus on climate and community. Professionals with expertise in community issues related to climate impacts and resiliency projects are encouraged to join in developing new standards within this subcommittee. 

Exoskeleton and Exosuits Committee Seeks Participation in Ergonomics Standard Development

The ergonomics subcommittee of ASTM International’s exoskeleton and exosuits committee (F48) is seeking participants to support the drafting of a new standard guide for the utilization of digital human modeling (DHM). 

New ASTM International Standard Describes In Situ Rock Deformation Test

ASTM International’s soil and rock committee (D18) has developed a new standard that will help in the construction of tunnels, concrete dams, and bridges.  

According to ASTM International member Jack Touseull, the new standard (D8359) describes a flexible volumetric dilatometer test that is run inside a borehole in rock with a cylindrical probe that expands radially to determine the in situ deformability properties of rock formations.  

New Consumer Products Standard Aims to Improve Magnet Labeling for Child Safety

A new standard specification developed by ASTM International’s consumer products committee (F15) aims to improve the labeling, packaging, and marketing of adult magnet sets containing small, powerful magnets to increase child safety.

These magnet sets (with a flux index ≥50 kG2 mm2) intended for adults are currently sold without guidance as to appropriate marketing practices and warnings. There have been instances in which children suffered serious injuries when the magnets have been ingested.

ASTM International Consumer Products Committee Approves Safety Standard for Child Safety Locks and Latches

ASTM International’s consumer products committee (F15) has approved a new standard for child safety locks and latches for use with cabinet doors and drawers. 

The standard (F3492) covers safety requirements, test methods, and warnings for child safety locks and latches intended to be installed by consumers to the interior of cabinet doors or drawers to restrict access by children under the age of 48 months.


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