ASTM WK41062

    New Specification for Performance Standard for Hand-Held Metal Detectors Used in Safety and Security

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F12.60 | Committee F12 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This standard applies to all hand-held detectors used to find metal contraband concealed or hidden on people or other objects with accessible surfaces. This standard 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 the 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. The HHMD is the detector technology that is found at almost every (if not every) personnel checkpoint security location, including travel venues, military institutions, government facilities, jail houses, correctional institutions, schools, sporting events, etc. This stakeholder community, along with the manufacturers, has expressed the need for minimally-acceptable performance standards for the HHMD to ensure that the HHMD 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 HHMDs and must be developed.


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    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Nicholas Paulter, Jr

    Draft Under Development