ASTM International sponsors 2009 Johnson Conference.

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Scheduled for July 13-15, 2009 Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures will emphasize practical, science-based field applications. Program will focus on development of standard mold protocols considering moisture dynamics; occupant sensitivity; analytical techniques; use, misuse, and interpretation of microbial testing; response options; and verification. Format will include assessment, testing, health, and remediation sessions.

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ASTM International Sponsors 2009 Johnson Conference

Standardization of Mold Response Procedures

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 24 March 2009-The 2009 Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures, will be held July 13-15, 2009, at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. The conference is sponsored by ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality.

Conference emphasis will be on practical, science-based field applications. The program will focus on development of standard mold protocols considering moisture dynamics, occupant sensitivity, analytical techniques, use, misuse and interpretation of microbial testing, response options and verification. Critiques of existing guidelines, discussion of litigation methodology and new technologies are also welcome. The conference format will include the following four sessions with example topics listed:

o Assessment - building inspection techniques, moisture evaluation;

o Testing - sampling and analytical procedures, new technologies, data interpretation;

o Health - health effects, screening procedures, causation, susceptibility; and

o Remediation - removal/treatment options, site controls, personal protection and verification.

The conference will be of interest to investigators (e.g., hygienists, engineers, physicians and public health officials), laboratory analysts and managers, stakeholders (e.g., building owners and managers, insurance industry, public interest groups) and federal, state and local government representatives.

For more information about the conference, access the ASTM Web site at

Online registration closes July 5, 2009. The fee to attend the workshop for ASTM members, presenters and session chairs is $325 for online registration and $375 for on-site registration. The fee for non-ASTM members is $375 online and $425 on site. The fee is waived for students with a valid I.D.

Additional information is available from conference co-chairs Ed Light, CIH, Building Dynamics, Ashton, Md. (phone: 703-242-3424;; Eva Ewing, CIH, Compass Environmental Inc., Kennesaw, Ga. (phone: 770-499-7127;; or Larry Pierce, Ph.D., Fiberquant Analytical Services Inc., Phoenix, Ariz. (phone: 602-276-6139;

Committee D22 is one of 140 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Established in 1898, 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 around the globe.


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