ASTM 2013 Conference to focus on asbestos laboratory issues.

Press Release Summary:

Taking place in Jacksonville, FL from January 31 to February 1, 2013 Michael E. Beard Conference: Asbestos Laboratory Issues will encourage presentation of recent work in field as well as allow open discussion of ideas and interpretation of data. Sessions will include Analysis of Soil, Vermiculite, Talc, and Other Media; QA, Training, and Interlaboratory Studies; Issues Between Laboratory and Field Operations; and Interaction between Labs and NVLAP, Auditors, and Government Agencies.

Original Press Release:

ASTM International 2013 Michael E. Beard Conference: Asbestos Laboratory Issues

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–The ASTM International 2013 Michael E. Beard Conference: Asbestos Laboratory Issues, will be held Jan. 31-Feb, 1, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality, the conference will be held in conjunction with the winter standards development meetings of the committee.

The ASTM Johnson Asbestos Conferences have been a major contributor to the advancement and understanding of asbestos in a number of areas including monitoring technology. This meeting is a two–day set of presentations on asbestos topics of interest to those who work in laboratories, those who use laboratory analytical data, and those who need to understand how to interpret asbestos analytical results.

The meeting will follow the policies established for the Johnson Conferences to encourage the presentation of the most recent work in the field and to allow open and frank discussion of new ideas and possible interpretation of the data. The conference will be divided into four sessions:

1. Analysis of Soil, Vermiculite, Talc and Other Media

2. Quality Assurance, Training and Interlaboratory Studies

3. Issues Between the Laboratory and Field Operations

4. Interaction between the Labs and NVLAP, Auditors and Government Agencies

Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the symposium and closes January 23, 2013. The attendance fee for ASTM members and presenters is $310 USD for online registration and $335 USD for onsite registration. The fee for non-ASTM members is $335 USD online and $360 USD onsite. There is no attendance fee for presenters, session chairs and students with a valid ID.

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Additional technical information is available from conference co-chairmen Jim Millette, MVA Scientific Consultants, Duluth, Ga. (phone: 770-662-8509;; Jim Webber, New York State Department of Health, Albany, N.Y. (phone: 518-474-0009;; Larry Pierce, Fiberquant Inc., Phoenix, Ariz. (phone: 602-276-6139;; and Owen Crankshaw, RTI International, Durham, N.C. (phone: 919-541-7470;

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ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677;


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