ASTM F1592 - 12

    Standard Test Methods for Detention Hollow Metal Vision Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F1592 | Developed by Subcommittee: F33.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 A major concern for corrections administration officials is the resistance of security barriers used in detention/correctional facilities to certain types of physical attack that it is reasonable to expect in the field. These test methods are designed to aid in identifying a level of physical security for fixed detention hollow metal vision systems.

    4.2 These test methods are not intended to provide a measure of resistance for a vision system subjected to attack by corrosive agents, high-powered rifles, explosives, sawing, or other such methods. These test methods are intended to evaluate the resistance of a vision system to violent attacks using battering devices such as benches, bunks, fire extinguishers, or tables; hand guns up to and including the .44 magnum; and fires started by using mattresses, books, and similar flammable materials.

    4.3 The primary purpose or result of this standard is to provide detailed test methods that approximate the levels of abuse to which it is possible that vision systems become subjected in the field. The desired result of its use is to give assurance of protection to the public, to prison administrative personnel, and to the inmates themselves in the event of such attack.

    4.4 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 fixed detention hollow metal vision systems of various materials and types of construction. These fixed hollow metal vision systems are used in wall openings in detention and correctional institutions designed to incarcerate inmates.

    1.2 Frame assemblies investigated under these test methods include individual components including detention security hollow metal frames, frame anchoring, security glazing, panels, and removable glazing stops.

    1.3 These test methods are designed to test the capability of a fixed detention hollow metal vision system to prevent, delay, and frustrate escape; to limit or control access to unauthorized or secured areas; and prevent passage of contraband.

    1.4 These test methods apply primarily to detention hollow metal vision systems between secure areas generally found inside a detention/correctional facility such as: day rooms, control rooms, cells, and sally ports. These test methods are applicable to vision systems other than hollow metal, provided testing and reporting procedures are followed.

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

    1.6 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

    E2074 Test Method for Fire Tests of Door Assemblies, Including Positive Pressure Testing of Side-Hinged and Pivoted Swinging Door Assemblies

    F1450 Test Methods for Hollow Metal Swinging Door Assemblies for Detention and Correctional Facilities

    F1577 Test Methods for Detention Locks for Swinging Doors

    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

    NFPA Standard

    NFPA252 Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

    UL Standards

    UL-752 Bullet Resisting Equipment


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.040.10 (Public buildings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1592-12

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