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Trampoline Courts Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

August 7, 2013

ASTM F2970, Practice for Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection, and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts, has been developed by Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions. Philip Slaggert, chair of F24.60, said that stakeholder groups that will use or benefit from ASTM F2970 include regulators/policymakers, designers/engineers/manufacturers, owners/operators, and general public. Read More

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ASTM Homeland Security Committee to develop body armor standards.

August 6, 2013

ASTM International is launching initiative to develop standards for body armor worn by military and criminal justice personnel. This effort is supported by National Institute of Justice, U.S. Army Program Executive Office – Soldier, and NIST, who are collaborating to harmonize existing ASTM body armor standards, especially test methods, where practical. Proposed standards will be developed by Subcommittee E54.04 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read More

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BIO announces new jobs listing website.

August 6, 2013

BIO recently announced launch of BIO Jobs, an online biotechnology resource that will connect qualified applicants with employers. Website is free for job seekers and will feature employment opportunities from across the spectrum of the biotech industry, including healthcare, food and agricultural, and industrial and environmental sectors. Service is available to all companies, but BIO members will receive discounts when posting employment opportunities. Read More

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Lincoln Electric Company becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator.

August 6, 2013

Lincoln Electric (Cleveland, OH) received Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. To become fifteenth Certified Robot Integrator, Lincoln Electric had to go through on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Certification, according to RIA President Jeff Burnstein, helps integrators looking to showcase their capabilities and experience to users and suppliers as well as benchmark their own processes against best industry practices. Read More

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IPC APEX India Contest to showcase PCB designers' skills.

August 6, 2013

Scheduled for August 26, 2013, IPC's PCB Design Contest will recognize best designers in India as judged on CAD tool expertise, knowledge of design technology and design standards, overall understanding of PCB design requirements, and speed. Participants will be able to benchmark their PCB design skills against those of their design colleagues and receive recommendations from advanced certified designers and world-class specialists on how to improve performance. Read More

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Biopharm, Medical Device Associations support bill S. 1413.

August 6, 2013

Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Daniel Coats (R-IN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced S. 1413 to exempt future FDA user fees from sequestration. AdvaMed, BIO, GPhA, MITA, and PhRMA, representing biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, praised efforts to prevent sequestration of future FDA user fees. They also urged Congress to find bipartisan solution for releasing sequestered FY13 user fees as Congress continues work on FY14 appropriations process. Read More

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EPA strengthens chemical assessment process.

August 6, 2013

EPA announced changes to its Integrated Risk Information System Program to improve scientific foundation of assessments, increase transparency in the program and process, and allow agency to produce more IRIS assessments each year. IRIS evaluates information on health effects that may result from exposure to environmental contaminants. These high quality, science-based human health assessments are used to make informed decisions to protect public health and the environment. Read More

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NREL Report details solar land-use requirements.

August 6, 2013

Published by NREL, Land-use Requirements for Solar Power Plants in the United States is based on actual land-use practices from existing solar facilities. Lead author Sean Ong gathered data from 72% of the solar power plants installed or under construction in USA. Findings include that solar power plant providing all electricity for 1,000 homes would require 32 acres of land. "Now people will actually have numbers to cite when they conduct analyses and publish reports," said Ong. Read More