The proposed standard applies to all glove-type or hand-worn metal detectors used to find metal contraband concealed or hidden on people or other objects with hand-accessible surfaces. It addresses minimum performance requirements, which includes metal object detection performance, safety (electrical, mechanical, fire), electromagnetic compatibility, environmental conditions and ranges, and mechanical durability. The requirements for metal detection performance are unique and, therefore, test methods for these parameters are provided, including design of test objects.
Metal detectors are most often the only technology used for the discovery of threats and contraband hidden on people during a screening process and are often the only screening technology used. In the last few years, several manufacturers of metal detectors have introduced a new format metal detector, which is a glove-type metal detector (GTMD). The GTMD is worn like a full or partial glove and is intended for searches in which the typical hand-held metal detector (HHMD) is not available or not suitable. The GTMD is used primarily by correctional institutions, jail houses, and where searches must be less overt compared to HHMD searches. There are presently no standards for the performance of this device. This stakeholder community has expressed the need for minimally-acceptable performance standards for the GTMD to ensure the GTMD operates as it should to provide operator and public safety and security. The standard will be used as a requirement in procurements and as a reference for testing. An ASTM standard helps this stakeholder community because they often lack the ability to develop performance requirements and associated test methods. Therefore, it is essential to this community that the ASTM not only define the test methods, but also the performance requirements for detection performance, safety, electromagnetic interference, and mechanical durability. The latter requirements can be cited by reference to other standards. The detection performance standards and test methods are unique to GTMDs and must be developed.
glove-type, hand-worn, metal detector, minimum performance requirement, security screening
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.
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