ASTM Introduces New Standards for Oil Spill Response

April 26, 2023
The new standards will be used primarily by oil laboratories.

ASTM International’s hazardous substances and oil spill response committee has approved two new standards that will each enhance knowledge essential for oil spill response. The new standards will be used primarily by oil laboratories.

F3633 summarizes a method to measure the adhesion to a stainless-steel needle as a means to compare the relative adhesion of a target oil. F3634 summarizes methods to produce representative residual oil following evaporative weathering using a rotary evaporator.

“The new standards describe measures designed to answer the question of how sticky oil is (F3633) and how to make standard mixtures of weathered, or evaporated, oil (F3634),” says ASTM member Merv Fingas in a press release. “These standards will aid in the preparedness for oil spills should they occur.”

According to ASTM, this effort directly relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for clean water and sanitation, as well as for life below water.

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