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ASTM Committee developing standard for dental dams.

January 5, 2011

ASTM WK28312, Test Method for Quantitation of Powder on Dental Dams, is currently being developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, which is part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber. Standard will allow dental dam manufacturers to be able to detect level of donning powders in their manufacturing process and eventually produce lower powder-containing dental dams. Read More

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Textile Industry Workshop to focus on green challenges.

January 5, 2011

To be held in Baltimore, MD on January 31 of 2011, The Textile Industry and the Green Challenge: A Federal Trade Commission Perspective will focus on ideas and insights about U.S. FTC Green Guide as well as practices used to advertise textile products. Attendees will gain understanding about how use of environmental technology needs to be incorporated in commerce so consumers can be confident that what is being claimed is both truthful and substantiated. Read More

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ASABE approves standard on agricultural tractor cab HVAC design.

January 5, 2011

Part of S613 Series standards (replacing S525 series), new standard ANSI/ASABE S613-2, Tractors and self-propelled machinery for agriculture - Air quality systems for cabs - Part 2: Cab and HVAC design. S613 Series includes information on potentially hazardous environments, such as orchard and vineyard pesticide applications. Standards incorporate latest research and technology into guidelines for design, development, manufacture, management, maintenance, and use of environmental cabs. Read More

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ASABE approves standard for automatic deployable ROPS.

January 5, 2011

ASABE announces publication of ANSI/ASABE S599, Standardized Deployment Performance of an Automatically Deployable ROPS for Turf and Landscape Equipment. S599 specifies design and testing requirements for the installation of automatically deploying roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and establishes performance requirements of an automatically deployable protective structure for ride-on turf and landscape equipment. Standard applies to equipment as defined in ANSI/ASAE S323.2. Read More

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Joint Federal Agency Effort hopes to reduce radon exposure.

January 5, 2011

U.S. EPA and 8 other federal agencies announced efforts to create national risk reduction plan for radon exposure, the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer, in hopes of saving lives and creating safer, healthier homes. At January's end, federal consortium will meet with key leaders in public health, environmental, and private sectors to shape national action plan with immediate and long-term steps for reducing radon exposure. Read More

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SME Education Foundation Board is joined by Caterpillar VP.

January 5, 2011

David P. Bozeman, vice president of Caterpillar's Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, has been named to 2011 SME Education Foundation Board of Directors and will serve 2 year term effective January 1, 2011. This Chicago, IL native holds Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology-Mechanical Design from Bradley University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Read More

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EPA requires testing of 19 widely used chemicals.

January 5, 2011

U.S. EPA is issuing final rule under Toxic Substances Control Act requiring manufacturers of 19 high production volume chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit data to agency. This rule is one of a series of actions that EPA is taking to ensure that the agency has the data it needs to adequately review priority chemicals. HPV chemicals are produced in or imported into U.S. in quantities of 1 million pounds or more per year. Read More

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Resource Management Standard addresses disaster conditions.

January 4, 2011

ASTM International standard ASTM E2640, Guide for Resource Management in Emergency Management and Homeland Security addresses most effective ways to manage resources when disaster strikes. It serves to increase awareness and offer guidance to responder community concerning resource management. Guidance regards concepts of what should be included as part of resource management program and is intended to complement existing plans, policies, and procedures. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article addresses material handling acquisitions.

January 4, 2011

Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article about the decisions that go into making an acquisition. Lift truck distributor Duncan Murphy, President of Riekes Equipment and 2009 MHEDA President, outlines considerations that a company must make when pursuing a company to acquire. Murphy talks about different elements that went into acquisition of Bublitz Machinery, including financial circumstances that led to the deal, developing a company culture, and employee retention. Read More

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Controversial Gas/Welding Topics covered by industry website.

January 4, 2011

Updated at least twice per month with fresh content, Welding and Gases Today Online's "On The Edge" feature is dedicated to controversial topics that can change manner in which companies do business. Past articles have covered issues such as handling employee vacation time requests that exceed policy permits, lingering impacts upon industry from Deepwater Horizon disaster, product abuse accountability, and importance of social networking to distributors. Read More

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Proposed Standard facilitates installation of firestop systems.

January 4, 2011

ASTM WK30772, Guide for Installation of Firestop Systems, will facilitate coordination between designers and installers of firestop systems in construction projects. Standard will provide background about the properties of materials, as this is a key consideration on many construction projects. ASTM WK30772 is being developed by Subcommittee E06.21 on Serviceability, part of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Read More

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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