ASTM F1450 - 12a

    Standard Test Methods for Hollow Metal Swinging Door Assemblies for Detention and Correctional Facilities

    Active Standard ASTM F1450 | Developed by Subcommittee: F33.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    A major concern for prison administrative officials is security barriers used in detention/correctional facilities. These test methods are designed to aid in identifying levels of physical security for swinging detention hollow metal door assemblies.

    The construction and size of test doors and all hardware components are representative of the application under investigation, and are the same construction and size throughout all of the tests.

    These test methods are not intended to provide a measure of resistance for a door assembly subjected to attack by corrosive agents, by high-powered rifles, explosives, sawing, or other such methods. These test methods are intended to evaluate the resistance of a door assembly to violent attacks using battering devices, such as benches, bunks, or tables; by handguns up to and including .44 magnum, UL-752 Level 3; by prying devices; by devices used to deform the door and render it inoperable; and by fires started by using mattresses, books, and other flammable materials.

    The primary purpose or result of these test methods is to approximate the levels of abuse to which door assemblies are potentially subjected in the field. The desired result of its use is to help provide insurance of protection to the public, to facility administrative personnel, and to the inmates themselves.

    It is recommended that detention/correctional facility administration provide adequate training, supervision, and preventative maintenance programs to enable door assemblies to function as intended throughout the expected service life.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover requirements for mechanical tests, simulated service test, and testing equipment for determining the performance characteristics of swinging detention hollow metal door assemblies of various styles and types of construction for use in wall openings designed to incarcerate inmates in detention/correctional institutions.

    1.2 These test methods test the capability of a swinging door assembly to prevent, delay, and frustrate escape, to limit or control access to unauthorized or secure areas, and to resist common types of vandalism.

    1.3 These test methods apply primarily to detention door assemblies to and from secure areas generally found inside detention/correctional facilities, such as: day rooms, control rooms, cells, and sally ports.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1577 Test Methods for Detention Locks for Swinging Doors

    F1592 Test Methods for Detention Hollow Metal Vision Systems

    F1643 Test Methods for Detention Sliding Door Locking Device Assembly

    F1758 Test Methods for Detention Hinges Used on Detention-Grade Swinging Doors

    F1915 Test Methods for Glazing for Detention Facilities

    ANSI/NAAMM/HMMA Standard

    ANSI/NAAMM/HMMA863 Guide Specifications for Detention Security Hollow Metal Doors and Frames

    NFPA Standard

    252 Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

    UL Standards

    UL-1034 Standard for Burglary Resistant Electric Locking Mechanisms


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.060.50 (Doors and windows)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F1450-12A

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F1450-12a, Standard Test Methods for Hollow Metal Swinging Door Assemblies for Detention and Correctional Facilities, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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