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July 14, 2011 - Supporting US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, August 10 meeting will establish task group within ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications to complete drafting 2 performance standards for chemical vapor detectors. Work items for 2 proposed new standards are ASTM WK33681, Specification for Standard for Handheld Chemical Vapor Point Detectors, and ASTM WK33684, Specification for Standard for Stationary Monitoring Chemical Vapor Point Detector.

Chemical Vapor Detectors is Topic of Proposed ASTM Homeland Security Standards


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Press release date: July 12, 2011

Meeting to Establish Task Group to Be Held August 10

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A meeting will be held on Aug. 10, 2011, to establish a task group within ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications to complete the drafting of two performance standards for chemical vapor detectors in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

The work items for the two proposed new standards are ASTM WK33681, Specification for Standard for Handheld Chemical Vapor Point Detectors (HCVPD), and ASTM WK33684, Specification for Standard for Stationary Monitoring Chemical Vapor Point Detector. The proposed standards are being developed by Subcommittee E54.01 on CBRNE Sensors and Detectors.

The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, Md., however, there will be a conference bridge set up for those who cannot physically attend. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the scope of these proposed standards, and to identify potential members of the task group(s).

The NIST Campus is a closed, Federal installation, so advance registration is required for entrance to the campus for the meeting. Those wishing to participate, either in person or by teleconference, should register by Aug. 1.

For technical questions regarding the proposed standards and task groups please contact either Pamela Chu at NIST (pamela.chu@nist.gov) or Philip Mattson at DHS (philip.mattson@dhs.gov). For logistical questions and to register for the meeting please contact Jennifer Marshall at NIST (jennifer.marshall@nist.gov). Further detailed information will be provided to those interested in participating prior to the meeting.

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.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

Next Meeting: Aug. 10, 2011, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.

Technical Contact: Pamela Chu, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. (pamela.chu@nist.gov); Philip Mattson, Department of Homeland Security (philip.mattson@dhs.gov)

ASTM Staff Contact: Rick Lake, Phone: 610-832-9689; rlake@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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