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Open Enrollment begins for HM Care Advantage health insurance.

January 4, 2011

TIA announced that open enrollment period for TIA members to enroll in HM Care Advantage medical plans has begun and will last until March 31, 2011. HM Care Advantage offers indemnity plans with monthly individual premiums as low as $150 (when employer-paid). Plans are designed to help meet basic health care needs by providing fixed-payment amounts for unlimited physician office visits, insured prescription drugs, inpatient hospitalization, surgery, emergency care, and diagnostic testing. Read More

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Sensory Evaluation Standard to focus on product selection.

January 3, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30844, Guide for Sampling of Product for Evaluation, will offer guidelines to bring clarity to consumer testing process. It is being developed by Subcommittee E18.04 on Fundamentals of Sensory, one member of which stated that said standard will "bring attention to an important aspect of product testing" for sensory scientists. Clearly written document will help bring issue of product sampling forward to R/D and marketing. Read More

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ASTM Specification to cover zinc alloys for spin casting.

January 3, 2011

ASTM International Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys is working on proposed standard ASTM WK30745, Specification for Zinc Alloys for Spin Casting. Being developed by Subcommittee B02.04 on Zinc and Cadmium, use of this standard will allow production of castings that consistently meet ASTM B952. Interested parties are invited to join in development of ASTM WK30745, especially those interested in assistance in mechanical and physical testing of alloys. Read More

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Early Registration Still Available for laser safety conference.

January 3, 2011

Covering all aspects of laser safety practice and hazard control, 4-day 2011 International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC) will offer scientific sessions addressing developments in regulatory, mandatory, and voluntary safety standards for laser products and laser use. Complementary Practical Applications Seminars (PAS) explore everyday scenarios that LSO may encounter. Also included in this conference will be topics related to medical community. Read More

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AMCA increasing awareness of Certified Ratings Program.

January 3, 2011

AMCA has modified Certified Product Search Directory to include PDF links to electronic print catalog submitted by Certified Ratings Program participants on AMCA website at http://www.amca.org/certified/search/company.aspx. Linking approved electronic print catalogs to its entry in the Certified Products Search Directory allows perspective customers or specifiers to find the performance ratings of that particular product and will attract more specifiers to Directory. Read More

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Industry Leaders Awarded for contributions to building community.

January 3, 2011

Christopher Doyle received 2010 Institute Honor Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to nation and building community. Dr. E. William East received 2010 Institute Member Award for substantial contributions in support of mission, goals, and objectives of National Institute of Building Sciences. Lastly, Dennis J. Milsten received 2010 Institute President's Award in recognition of extraordinary efforts to advance mission of the Institute. Read More

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NTSB makes recommendations to U.S. Forest Service.

December 31, 2010

According to NTSB, U.S. Forest Service should develop mission-specific operating standards for firefighter transport operations that include procedures for completing load calculations and verifying that actual aircraft performance matches predicted performance. Service should also require adherence to aircraft operating limitations, and detail the specific 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 regulations that are to be complied with by its contractors. Read More

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Guidance Document addresses PCB-containing fluorescent lights.

December 31, 2010

Based on evidence of leakage when ballasts fail, U.S. EPA's guidance recommends schools take steps to reduce potential exposures to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) from older fluorescent lighting fixtures by removing them. Document also offers advice on preventing exposure if leaking ballasts are discovered as well as how to properly handle and dispose of such fixtures. Heeding this advice will contribute to safety of students and teachers in older buildings. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard to cover use of doublers in ship repair.

December 31, 2010

Many ship owners and operators repair ship structures with temporary steel patches known as doublers. U.S. Coast Guard and Navy, as well as other maritime authorities, usually allow such patches until ship's next inspection period, which can be as long as 3-5 years from date of repair. Subcommittee F25.01 on Structures is working on proposed new standard that will cover doublers: ASTM WK30649, Guide for Steel Ship Structure Repair Doubler Plate Design. Read More

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Determining Coal Bed Gas Content is focus of ASTM standard.

December 31, 2010

ASTM D7569, Practice for Determination of Gas Content of Coal - Direct Desorption Method, describes method for determining gas content of coal from such sources by desorption, using samples obtained by surface drilling. U.S. Geological Survey research geologist Peter Warwick called ASTM D7569 "an important procedure for establishing a resource base for investment and development," citing potential use by government, industry, and research laboratories. Read More

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LAM 2011 Advance Program now available.

December 31, 2010

LIA's 3rd Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop will bring together industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied to today's manufacturing challenges. During plenary sessions, Minlin Zhong from Tsinghua University will share his overview on Laser Additive Manufacturing in China, and David L. Bourell from University of Texas/Austin will discuss history of rapid prototyping to direct manufacturing. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

December 30, 2010

According to NTSB, FAA should require that hover performance charts published by helicopter manufacturers reflect true performance of helicopters in all conditions for which charts are applicable. FAA should also develop and implement surveillance program for 14 CFR Part 135 operators with aircraft that can operate as both public and civil aircraft. Additionally, FAA should require installation of fuel tanks that meet requirements of 14 CFR 29.952 on S-61 helicopters used for passenger transport. Read More

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ASTM Petroleum Committee works on proposed ETBE test method.

December 30, 2010

Approval of proposed standard ASTM WK30961, Test Method for Analysis of Ethyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (ETBE) by Gas Chromatography, will allow D02 specification to attain full compliance with Form and Style for ASTM Standards. Replacement of annex A1, Modification to Test Method D5441, Test Method for Analysis of ETBE by Gas Chromatography, with ASTM WK30961 will ensure test method with appropriate precision and bias statements. Read More

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ASTM approves standards on particulate matter emissions.

December 30, 2010

U.S. EPA is revising New Source Performance Standards for wood burning heaters. Two ASTM International standards on particulate matter emissions have been developed by Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings with the goal that they be referenced in the revised NSPS. ASTM E2779 and ASTM E2780 prescribe fueling and operating protocols for use when measuring particulate emissions from pellet burning and hand-fueled wood heaters, respectively. Read More

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IPC celebrates signing of R/D tax credits.

December 29, 2010

President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which reinstates research and development tax credits for 2010 and extends them through 2011. According to Anthony Hilvers, IPC VP of industry programs, R/D tax credits enable U.S. electronics companies to compete globally and remain profitable and viable. Tax Cuts Bill also provides 100% bonus depreciation for investments placed in service between Sept 8, 2010 and Dec 31, 2011. Read More

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U.S./Germany Education Cooperation Event was sponsored by ANSI.

December 29, 2010

U.S.-German Cooperation on Education Expert Dialogue focused on development of common competencies-oriented terminology that will support continued evolution of education and training in U.S. and Germany. It also helped broaden dialogue on role of education, workforce, and economic development. As first in series of related conferences, event was jointly organized by ANSI Board Director-at-Large elect Dr. Keith Bird and Dr. Volker Rein of Bundesinstitute für Berufsbildung. Read More

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ANSI Standards cover telephone transmissions and safety nets.

December 29, 2010

IEEE, an ANSI member, published IEEE 269-2010 Standard, which provides practical methods for making laboratory measurements of electroacoustic characteristics of analog and digital telephones, handsets, and headsets. Methods can also apply to cordless, wireless, and mobile communications devices. For construction industry, ANSI/ASSE A10.11-2010 establishes safety requirements for selection, installation, and use of personnel and debris nets during construction, repair, and demolition operations. Read More

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AASHTO Details Transportation Issues pertinent for 2011.

December 28, 2010

Compiled by AASHTO, a list specifies transportation topics estimated to become part of national conversation in 2011. Topics include enacting and paying for long-term transportation bill, national roadway safety, rail projects, as well as modernization of transportation network. In addition to adoption of national multi-modal freight plan, environmental regulations, and social media use, points cover renewable/reliable energy source support systems and funding for unfinished projects. Read More

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ASTM Crib Safety Standards contribute to consumer product safety.

December 28, 2010

On Dec. 15, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved via unanimous vote inclusion of 2 ASTM International standards that cover full-size and non-full-size cribs in regulatory requirements issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Specific standards included ASTM F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and ASTM F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards. Read More

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Optical Density Calculator provides laser safety data.

December 28, 2010

Available to laser users worldwide, Laser Institute of America (LIA) offers online Optical Density (OD) Calculator that determines what OD is recommended for use with particular laser system of any given power. Part of LIA's Web-based laser safety hazards analysis system, tool supplies users with minimum OD required for laser safety eyewear in continuous, single, and repetitive wave pulse modes. Read More