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New Test Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.

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February 16, 2011 - ASTM International standard ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane (CF2BrCl), will be used to test Halon 1211 to ensure products provide required level of fire protection and are free of harmful impurities that could affect safety during use. Specifically, standard includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities in Halon 1211 supplies.

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Fire Extinguishing Agent Halon 1211 Covered in New ASTM International Standard

Press release date: February 11, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Halon 1211 is employed in hand-held fire extinguishers on civilian aircraft. A new ASTM International standard will be used to test Halon 1211 to ensure that the product will provide the required level of fire protection and is free of harmful impurities that could affect its safety in use. ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane (CF2BrCl), was developed by Subcommittee D26.09 on Fire Extinguishing Agents, part of ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents. "ASTM D7673 includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures the detection and identification of impurities in Halon 1211 supplies," says Mark L. Robin, Ph.D., senior technical services consultant, DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts. Halon 1211 suppliers, equipment manufacturers and end users will all benefit from ASTM D7673. Robin notes that all interested parties are welcome to join in the standards developing activities of D26.09. This includes future revisions to ASTM D7673 as well as revisions to standards related to Halon 1301, which is also used in civil aviation. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). 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. ASTM Committee D26 Next Meeting: June 15, 2011, June Committee Week, Anaheim, Calif. Technical Contact: Mark L. Robin, DuPont Fluoroproducts, Wilmington, Del., Phone: 302-999-5002; mark.l.robin@usa.dupont.com ASTM Staff Contact: Christine DeJong, Phone: 610-832-9736; cdejong@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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