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July 6, 2011 - Interested parties are invited to participate in development of proposed standard ASTM WK32937, Guide for Determining Acceptable Nonhazardous Filling Substances for Packagings Subjected to the United Nations Performances Tests. Developed for purposes of design qualification and periodic testing of UN specification packaging, standard will facilitate consistent test methods and more reproducible results in hazardous materials package testing.

Proposed ASTM Standard Will Facilitate Consistent Test Methods and Reproducible Results in Hazardous Materials Package Testing


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Press release date: June 29, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a proposed new ASTM International standard that will, once approved, facilitate consistent test methods and more reproducible results in hazardous materials package testing.

The proposed new standard, ASTM WK32937, Guide for Determining Acceptable Nonhazardous Filling Substances for Packagings Subjected to the United Nations Performances Tests, is currently being developed by Subcommittee D10.21 on Shipping Containers and Systems - Application of Performance Test Methods, part of ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging.

According to Larry Anderson, vice president, operations, Ten-E Packaging Services, and a D10.21 member, the proposed standard is being developed for the purposes of design qualification and periodic testing of UN specification packaging.

"Lab safety requires, and the dangerous goods regulations permit, the substitution of nonhazardous substances for intended hazardous lading in a prescribed manner," says Anderson, who co-chairs the task group developing ASTM WK32937 with Lonnie Jaycox, C.L. Smith Co. "These prescriptions allow for needed methodological pluralism, but have resulted in variations in practice that affect repeatability of the packaging testing and validation process."

The proposed standard will provide useful guidelines that will allow consistent methods for using substitute fill materials for packaging testing that are consistent with dangerous good regulations and facilitate reproducible results.

Package testing and engineering personnel with experience and understanding of the effects of filling substances on various packagings and performance tests are encouraged to join in the development of ASTM WK32937. Industrial container manufacturers, hazardous materials packaging suppliers and those who can participate in studies that may be required to determine reproducibility are also invited to join in D10.21 standards development work.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Committee D10 Next Meeting: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2011, October Committee Week, Tampa, Fla.

Technical Contact: Larry Anderson, Ten-E Packaging Services Inc., Newport, Minn., Phone: 651-459-0671; larry.anderson@ten-e.com; Lonnie Jaycox, C.L. Smith Co., St. Louis, Mo., Phone: 314-771-1202; ljaycox@clsmith.com
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