2013-10-24 16:10:34 - ASTM F24, the committee on amusement rides and attractions which produces global safety standards for the amusement industry, will be holding three days of meetings from October 23rd through October 26th, 2013 at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Approximately fifty separate meetings will be held, each one focusing on a specific safety element of the amusement industry. Approximately 250 people who are passionate about amusement ride safety are expected to attend. Meetings are open to both members and non-members of ASTM and registration is available at www.astm.org/.
Due to the full schedule on Thursday, a networking event has been added on Wednesday evening that is open to all attendees. First time attendees are encouraged to come to the networking event to meet committee heads.
Since the Spring Meeting, extensive work has been accomplished including the formal publishing of new standards for trampoline courts, zip lines and parasailing. Additionally, the Bolivian government announced the adoption of ASTM F24
The host hotel is sold out; however, a number of other hotels in close proximity have rooms available.
There will also be a special ceremony Friday evening where Greg Hale of the Walt Disney Company will formally receive the 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award from the Chairman of ASTM. The award commemorates W.T. Cavanaugh, Chief Executive Officer of ASTM from 1970 to 1985. Hale will receive the award for his extraordinary contributions to amusement park safety through the development, promotion, implementation, harmonization and adoption of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices standards worldwide.
In addition to traditional sessions on issues like ride design, operations, and maintenance, some special areas of focus include nontraditional areas of growth, such as participatory attractions like zip lines, rock wall climbing, inflatables, Zorbs, and trampolines. A number of meetings will also focus on water-related attractions which continue to see ample growth in the resort and hotel industry. A significant amount of work has been performed on the subject of trains, which will also be reviewed.
A number of sessions will again be held to assist global representatives with the adoption of ASTM F24 standards. Representatives of Central and South America as well as Asia have already confirmed participation. The F24 Canada-specific standard is being used as a model for other countries that have a desire to adopt F24 standards, but have specific internal requirements that must be added to the existing standards. Len Morrissey, Director/TCO Division of ASTM International, stated, “With the success of multinational efforts, we now have a clear path that allows any country to adopt F24 standards and still recognize specific national requirements.”
Walk ups are welcome and encouraged; registration opens at 7:30am at the hotel. A complete list of meeting details can be found at the ASTM website.
Jim Seay, Chairman of ASTM F24 Committee and President of Premier Rides, commented, “Membership in the F24 committee has nearly doubled in the past two years with growth coming from around the globe. I am very appreciative so many people are planning on taking time out from their busy schedules to come to Scottsdale and make significant contributions to the safety process.”
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 over 100 members from around the world attending several days of technical meetings. The Committee, with current membership of over 600 global members, currently has jurisdiction over 17 standards, published in multiple languages in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.07. These standards continue to play a preeminent role in all safety aspects important to amusement rides and devices.
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