Original Press Release
Dr. Erdem Ural is New Chairman of ASTM International Committee on Hazard Potential of Chemicals
Press release date: February 1, 2012
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Erdem Ural, Ph.D., president of Loss Prevention Science and Technologies Inc. in Stoughton, Mass., is the new chairman of ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals. The committee, with a membership or more than 65, develops standards on the hazard potential of chemicals related to fire explosion and uncontrolled energy release.
Ural, who joined ASTM International in 1998, also leads Subcommittee E27.04 on Flammability and Ignitability of Chemicals. He works on several ASTM committees in addition to Committee E27, including D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications, D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents, E05 on Fire Standards, E30 on Forensic Sciences, E54 on Homeland Security Applications and F12 on Security Systems and Equipment.
Ural specializes in combustible dust and vapor gas explosions and flash fires, process safety, incident investigation, industrial hazard evaluation and hazard communication. Before founding Loss Prevention Science and Technologies in 2002, he was manager of the Combustion Research Center at Kidde Technologies Inc. in Holliston, Mass., and a research specialist at Factory Mutual Research Corp. in Norwood, Mass.
Outside ASTM International, Ural is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and an M.S.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
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