ASTM standards for correctional facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities.

Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction. These tests are also required in order for a certain detention system to provide the proper physical barriers, which are crucial for this building type.

The following is a list of the present active standards consistently used and identified in the project specifications:

  • ASTM A627-03 (2011), Standard Test Methods for Tool-resisting Steel Bars, Flats, and Shapes for Detention and Correctional Facilities;
  • ASTM F1450-12a, Standard Test Methods for Hollow Metal Swinging Door Assemblies for Detention and Correctional Facilities;
  • ASTM F1592-12, Standard Test Methods for Detention Hollow Metal Vision Systems;
  • ASTM F1915-05 (2012), Standard Test Methods for Glazing for Detention Facilities; and
  • ASTM F2322-12, Standard Test Methods for Physical Assault on Vertical Fixed Barriers for Detention and Correctional Facilities.

Additional standard testing methods are being proposed that will add essential overall detention requirements to these facilities. The following are under consideration:

  • ASTM WK9092, Standard Test Methods for Physical Assault on Overhead Horizontal Fixed Barriers for Detention and Correctional Facilities;
  • ASTM WK14507, Guide for Selection of Security Fasteners for Detention and Correctional Facilities; and
  • ASTM WK25858, New Test Method for Anchor Systems Used for Detention Hollow Metal Vision Systems and Door Assemblies.

Knowledge of these standards is essential for the proper design and construction of these facilities.

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