6 April 2020
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I'm sure you are continuing to receive updates about how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected different businesses and organizations, and in that same vein, I wanted to update you on how this unique situation continues to impact the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
The ASNT International Service Center (ISC) is located in Columbus, Ohio, and thus follows Ohio state-issued orders regarding COVID-19. I previously shared that Ohio was on a stay-at-home order until 6 April; this order has now been extended to 1 May. While we all sorely miss working together in person, the ISC staff are happy to follow these orders and support what's best for our community. We have been successfully working from home and will continue to do so until the order is lifted.
Shipments from ASNT
Much of our operations continue normally as we serve our members, certificate holders, and other NDT professionals around the world, but I'd like to highlight potential disruptions. At this time, we are unable to ship out merchandise, book orders, membership cards, new member packets, certification cards, and certificates. eBooks may still be purchased online, though—and I strongly encourage you to try this option out! eBooks allow you an easily searchable, take-anywhere style of the same great information contained in our publications.
You can also access your copies of Materials Evaluation and The NDT Technician online, and, in most areas, these publications will still be shipped on a regular schedule. However, our printing partner notified us that the following countries have stopped accepting inbound international mail. These countries are Botswana, Cayman Islands, Chad, Ecuador, Fiji, French Polynesia, Honduras, India, Kuwait, Libya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
The printer will continue to prepare, address, and ship out mail to these countries, which then goes into storage, stateside, until acceptance resumes. Because the duration of the acceptance suspensions cannot be predicted, delivery completion to the addressed countries is also undeterminable. Customers may wish to consider removing addresses to the affected countries until service resumes. These changes may be made by logging in to your MyASNT account.
Distance Learning Opportunities
Finally, I'd like to share with you distance learning opportunities for those who may also be under stay-at-home orders. While your daily life is interrupted, you may want to pursue developing yourself professionally during this downtime. ASNT offers monthly webinars, with this month's webinar topic being "Improving on the 6 dB Drop Technique for Determination of Flaw Length," presented by Paul Holloway. Register for the webinar here.
I'd also encourage you to explore academic interests outside of nondestructive testing. On Coursera, you can find online courses on a seemingly endless list of subjects from higher learning institutions and companies around the world.
Individual members experiencing hardships due to unemployment or temporary disability may qualify to have their membership dues waived for up to six months. Please call ASNT customer service at 1-800-222-2768 (1-614-274-6003) for assistance.
The staff at the ISC is here for you during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe and well.