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July 27, 2012 - ASTM International Subcommittee E06.77 on High-Rise Building External Evacuation Devices seeks interested parties to join upcoming review of ASTM E2513, Specification for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Platform Rescue Systems. Mechanical, electrical, and fire safety engineers as well as emergency responder personnel are encouraged to join E06.77 in its upcoming work on E2513, which is intended to be reapproved this year, and other standards developing activities.

ASTM High-Rise Building Evacuation Subcommittee Seeks Participation in Review of Standards

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Press release date: July 24, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM International Subcommittee E06.77 on High-Rise Building External Evacuation Devices is seeking interested parties to join in the upcoming review of ASTM E2513, Specification for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Platform Rescue Systems. E06.77 is under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.

ASTM E2513 covers specifications, safety requirements, performance, design, practices, marking instructions and test methods for multi-story building external evacuation platform rescue systems (PRS). Such systems are used for the emergency rescue of people who cannot use normal means of exiting a building to safety, as well as for vertical transport of emergency responders.

"The standard is used by manufacturers in the design and fabrication of PRS devices and by certifying bodies to test and approve the installations," says Jonathan Shimshoni, CEO, Escape Rescue Systems, and chairman of E06.77.

Platform rescue systems as described in ASTM E2513 are currently being installed in hospital settings and plans are in the works for installations in high-rise residences and hotels in Asia.

Shimshoni notes that the subcommittee intends to reapprove ASTM E2513 this year and begin working on refining the standard in 2013. Mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineers, as well as emergency responder personnel, are encouraged to join E06.77 in its upcoming work on E2513 and other standards developing activities. In addition to ASTM E2513, E06.77 has developed ASTM E2484, Specification for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Controlled Descent Devices, and hopes to develop a standard for escape chutes.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877-909-ASTM; ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

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.

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ASTM Committee E06 Next Meeting: Oct. 21-24, 2012, October Committee Week, Atlanta, Ga. Technical Contact: Jonathan (Yoni) Shimshoni, Escape Rescue Systems, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Phone: +011-972-54-4579424;

ASTM Staff Contact: Stephen Mawn, Phone: 610-832-9726; ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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