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Proposed Vacuum Cleaners Standard to cover HEPA filtration.

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April 9, 2013 - ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has formed new task group to develop proposed standards for high efficiency particulate air filtration, typically known as HEPA. Standards will clarify methodology and criteria used to define HEPA filtration for sealed vacuum cleaner systems and filter components used in residential and commercial settings, as well as provide both retail buyers and consumers a means of comparing manufacturer filtration claims and filtration benefits.

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HEPA Filtration to Be Covered in Proposed ASTM Vacuum Cleaners Standard

Press release date: April 1, 2013

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., —ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has formed a new task group to develop proposed standards for high efficiency particulate air filtration, typically known as HEPA.

The task group, part of Subcommittee F11.23 on Filtration, will develop standards to clarify methodology and criteria used to define HEPA filtration for sealed vacuum cleaner systems and filter components used in residential and commercial settings.

“HEPA filtration and HEPA media filters have been offered to the public for several years, and retailers and consumers alike have come to expect them as a product offering,” says Zoe Wilson of Bissell Homecare Inc., chairwoman of the new task group. “Many feel the time has come to develop an industry-specific, consensus standard for HEPA filtration, creating a level playing field against which our products’ filtration construction and performance can be measured.”

The task group will focus on standards that will provide both retail buyers and consumers a means of comparing manufacturer filtration claims and filtration benefits. All interested parties, particularly residential and commercial vacuum cleaner manufacturers, are invited to take part in the standards developing activities of the new task group and F11.23.

ASTM International welcomes 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.

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ASTM Committee F11 Next Meeting: May 20-22, 2013, May Committee Week, Indianapolis, Ind.
Technical Contact: Zoe Wilson, Bissell Homecare Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., Phone: 616-735-5142; zoe.wilson@bissell.com
ASTM Staff Contact: Diane Trinsey, Phone: 610-832-9661; dtrinsey@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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