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ASTM develops clothing standard for pesticide applicators.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 ASTM F2669, Performance Specification for Protective Clothing Worn by Operators Applying Pesticides, outlines 3 levels of protection that allow for selection of garments based on potential risk determined as part of pesticide registration process. For example, Level 1 cotton or polyester/cotton coverall is sufficient when potential risk is relatively low. Garments that meet more stringent requirements can be used when higher protection is required.
ASTM releases new edition of standards for fence materials.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 The 11th edition of "ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products" features latest standards for all aspects of fencing industry. It includes 6 new standards and 22 revised standards since it was last published in 2007. Standards cover topics such as chain link and wire fence fabric, fence construction and installation, fence fittings and protective coatings, industrial and commercial horizontal slide gates, and design and fabrication of wood fencing.
Four Portable Oxygen Concentrators gain FAA approval.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 7, 2010 Adding to the 7 already approved units, FAA announced that passengers needing medical oxygen can now use 4 additional portable oxygen concentrators while traveling. Newly authorized devices include DeVilbiss Healthcare's iGo, International Biophysics Corporation's LifeChoice, Inogen's Inogen One G2, and Oxlife's Independence Oxygen Concentrator. The goal of adding these products is to offer passengers as many options as possible while meeting safety guidelines.
DOE Webinar to cover progress of Greensburg, KS.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
January 7, 2010 Greensburg, Kansas: Lessons Learned and Steps Forward will be presented on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 12:00-1:30 pm EST, by U.S. DOE Building Technologies Program. It will discuss successes in rebuilding green in residential sector/efforts to establish green home program in tornado-stricken Greensburg, start of wind energy business, and lessons learned about rebuilding green from federal agency perspective. Presenters will include Lynn Billman, Haley Estes, John Holton.
EPA approves ASTM test methods for contaminated water testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 In an action effective on Nov 10, 2009, 15 methods contained in 10 ASTM standards are among 25 analytical methods that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for determining contaminant concentrations in samples collected under Safe Drinking Water Act. SDWA authorized EPA to approve use of alternative testing methods through publication in Federal Register. Methods were approved as being equally effective relative to methods previously promulgated in regulations.
Biotech Humanitarian Award will be judged by field leaders.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 7, 2010 Leaders of science, advocacy, and media will serve as judges who will evaluate nominations for The Biotech Humanitarian Award and select 2010's Honoree. Nominations are being accepted online through January 31, 2010. Award recognizes one everyday hero who has helped to heal, fuel, and feed planet through their work in biotech arena. Award and $10,000 prize will be bestowed during 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago, IL, which takes place May 3-6.
BIO announces companies selected to present at conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 7, 2010 BIO announced first 100 companies selected to present at 12th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference. Companies were evaluated on several criteria, including potential to deliver on near-term clinical catalysts and accomplishments across major therapeutic markets and areas of unmet medical need. Scheduled for Feb 8-9, meeting will feature issue-oriented plenary sessions, company presentations, and educational sessions focused on business trends and therapeutic areas in life sciences.
Roger Stoller, Ph.D. elected Chairman of ASTM International.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 Roger E. Stoller, Ph.D., of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, is ASTM International's 2010 chairman of the board of directors. Stoller is a co-principal investigator for ORNL Energy Frontier Research Center on Defect Physics, and prior to ORNL, he served as research associate and graduate student at University of California. Since 1986, Stoller has been an active and recognized member of ASTM Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications.
TRFA Calls for Technical Papers for annual meeting.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
January 7, 2010 Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) invites submission of technical papers for presentation at its 2010 Annual Meeting. Technical Paper presentations, which reinforce objectives of interacting and exchanging knowledge among formulators and suppliers, are chosen on technical content, subject timeliness, and relevance to TRFA members and industry. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, green chemistry, curing technologies, nanotechnology, and academic research.
NACD Makes Comments on GHS requirements and timeline.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
January 7, 2010 NACD provided formal comments on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to OSHA. These expressed support for overall goals of GHS, which would improve hazard communications for employers and employees as well as improve efficiencies throughout entire chemical distribution industry. Concerns were noted, however, regarding limited time chemical distribution companies have to make transition towards GHS.
ASTM CCR Standard is part of US health info/technology policy.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care Record (CCR), was included as patient summary record standard in Interim Final Rule, document 45 CFR Part 170 RIN 0991-AB58, published December 30, 2009. Used for effective and timely electronic messaging of health care records, it is now part of formal US Department of Health and Human Services Certification criteria for electronic health record technologies. It meets regulations associated with HITECH provision of ARRA 2009.
Safety Recommendations Made for border crossings.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 6, 2010 NTSB recommends US Customs and Border Protection Agency assist US DoT in developing process to detect and report information on motor carriers identified during border crossing inspections (H-09-42). DoT assistance is also recommended in ensuring specific vehicles of H-09-42 are placed out of service. Also, H-09-43 recommends definition of interstate commerce from 49 Code of Federal Regulations 390.5 be incorporated into 19 Code of Federal Regulations 12.80.
NTSB Recommendation Letter addresses various safety concerns.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 6, 2010 Spanning H-09-32 to H-09-41, letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration included points on "Driver Fatigue Video" updates/redistribution, 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 376 revision, and authority to deny/revoke operating licenses. Other issues addressed evasion detection algorithm, passenger carrier lease agreement reviews, development of Web-based database of FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles, and physical inspection standards for the same.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 6, 2010 According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should develop, in conjunction with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a Web-based database of FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles that can be utilized by federal, state, and local enforcement inspection personnel to identify non-FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles so they can be placed out of service. NHTSA should also implement process to periodically update database.
NTSB makes safety recommendation to U.S. DOT.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 6, 2010 According to NTSB, U.S. Department of Transportation should direct National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to work in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency to develop and implement process to detect motor carriers that are currently operating non-FMVSS-compliant motorcoaches or other passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles. When vehicles are detected, FMCSA should have authority to place them out of service.
Phase II Meetings for cyber risk financial impact have been concluded.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2010 Representatives from 22 organizations gathered for final meeting of Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. Led by the ANSI and ISA, initiative seeks to develop methodology for executive decision-making in cyber-risk mitigation. Phase II is focused on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. Additionally, initiative will expand framework to include guidance on making informed decisions economically.
ANSI welcomes new members.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2010 In December 2009, ANSI welcomed Andrew Wikerson, Holts Precision Inc., Al Brizuela Engineering, Inc., MSR Quality Management Services LLC, Hobart Brothers, Belron Technical, TESTCORP, and Flexera Software. Under Institute's umbrella, constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and conformance assessment systems.
Upcoming Workshop to address nanomedicine and terminology.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2010 Scheduled for Jan 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, ANSI workshop is co-sponsored by Chemical Heritage Foundation and ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 229. Draft agenda is slated to include discussions on ANSI and voluntary consensus standards process, ISO TC 229 terminology efforts currently underway, nanomedicine, medical subfields most affected by nanotechnology, U.S. activities in bioinformatics, and medical terminology most affected by nanotechnology.
White Paper addresses efficient use of solder.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 6, 2010 Following 2-year study on effect of impurity limits on performance of lead-free solder, IPC Solder Products Value Council announced publication of "Take Action Limits (TAL) for SAC305 Lead-Free Soldering Processes Utilizing Solder Baths/Pots." White paper provides electronics manufacturers with defined limits to guide them on efficient use of solder. It identifies 3 action levels and also sets TALs for 14 materials that can commonly be introduced during normal board production.
National Institute of Building Sciences honors 2009 award winners.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
January 4, 2010 NIBS Board Chair, Ronald L. Skaggs, presented 2009 Honor Award to Rep. Russ Carnahan in recognition of his visionary leadership and commitment to achieving high-performing buildings. Skaggs also recognized Ronald Burton with 2009 Institute Member Award for his strong advocacy for building professionals and dedication to achieving high-performance buildings. Institute President, Henry L. Green, awarded Robert Kistler 2009 President's Award for dedication as coordinating chair of BEST2 Conference.

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