West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA — ASTM F24, the committee on amusement rides and attractions that produces global safety standards for the amusement industry, will be holding four days of meetings from February 16th through February 19th, 2011 at the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. Approximately fifty (50) separate meetings will be held, each one focusing on a specific safety element of the amusement industry. Meetings are open to both members and non-members of ASTM and registration is available at http://www.astm.org/.
In addition to traditional sessions on such issues as G forces, operations, and maintenance, areas of focus include such nontraditional areas of growth as participatory attractions like zip lines, rock wall climbing, and Zorbs. A number of meetings will be focused on water related attractions which continue to see significant growth in the resort and hotel industry.
A number of sessions will be held to assist global representatives with the adoption of ASTM F24. The recently passed F24 Canada specific standard will be used as a model for other countries that have a desire to adopt F24, but have specific internal requirements that they want added to the existing standards. A newly established task group focused on Latin American adoption of F24 will meet to review the model. Len Morrissey, Director/TCO Division of ASTM International, stated, “With the success of the Canadian effort, we now have a clear path that allows any country to adopt F24 standards and still recognize specific national requirements.”
Preregistration for the meeting is at the highest level ever and the host hotel is sold out; although, additional hotel options have been secured to ensure all can attend. Over 150 safety experts from all over the world are expected to attend. Jim Seay, Chairman of ASTM F24 Committee and President of Premier Rides, commented, “I am extremely pleased with the interest of our committee members in the upcoming spring meeting. Participants are coming from around the globe and that is a great statement on the passion the F24 members have for safety in the amusement industry.”
ABOUT ASTM COMMITTEE F24
ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices was formed in 1978. F24 meets twice a year, usually in February and October, with more than 100 members from around the world attending several days of technical meetings. The Committee, with current membership of over 500 global members, currently has jurisdiction of 17 standards, published in multiple languages in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.07. These standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in all safety aspects important to amusement rides and devices.
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