ASTM F1915 - 05(2012)

    Standard Test Methods for Glazing for Detention Facilities

    Active Standard ASTM F1915 | Developed by Subcommittee: F33.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    The predictable and reliable performance of detention glazing used in detention and correctional facilities is a major concern. These test methods aid in assigning a level of physical security to glazing used in window and door assemblies based upon objective tests which can be consistently duplicated.

    These test methods identify four security grades, corresponding to the four security grades established in Test Methods F1450. The intent is to establish a comparable level of performance for opening assemblies which incorporate detention glazing in conjunction with window and door assemblies. Test methods for detention glazing differ in sequencing a variety of attack tools and temperatures.

    These test methods evaluate the resistance of detention glazing to attacks using blunt and sharp impact devices and fire. These test methods evaluate the performance of glazing in hot and cold environments. These test methods do not provide a measure of the resistance or performance of glazing subjected to attack by ballistics, chemical agents, explosives or other extreme methods of attack. Where such elements are a factor, consult the manufacturer.

    The primary purpose of these test methods is to approximate the levels of abuse and operating conditions to which detention glazing is subjected in detention and correctional institutions. The desired result of these test methods is to provide a measure of assurance of protection to the correctional personnel, public, and inmates.

    Detention and correctional facility administrative staff are encouraged to provide adequate training, supervision, and preventative maintenance programs to enable detention glazing assemblies to function as intended.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods, including a fire test response method, cover the apparatus, procedures, and acceptance conditions for evaluating the normal operational performance and the performance characteristics under assault conditions of detention glazing used in window and door assemblies in detention and correctional facilities; thus, these test methods only give an indication of the performance characteristics of detention glazing in actual service. Such variables as installation and maintenance conditions are not considered except as otherwise included in this test method.

    1.2 It is the intent of these test methods to help ensure that detention glazing performs at or above minimum acceptable levels to restrict inmate passage to unauthorized areas, to confine inmates, to delay and frustrate escape attempts and to resist vandalism.

    1.3 Tools defined in these test methods are representative of similar tools or materials, which may become available to inmates within the secure perimeter of detention and correctional facilities, and which could be used to inflict similar product damage.

    1.4 These test methods should not be used to establish or confirm the absolute prevention of forced entries or exits. These test methods define five factors (tool, temperature, techniques, time, and number of impacts) used to determine resistance to defined attacks.

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

    1.6 In these test methods, the specimens are subjected to one or more specific sets of laboratory test conditions. If different test conditions are substituted or the end-use conditions are changed, it is not always possible by or from these test methods to predict changes in the physical attack, or fire-test-response characteristics measured, or both; therefore, the results are valid only for the physical attack, or fire-test-exposure conditions, or both, described in these test methods.

    1.7 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.

    UL Standard

    UL752 Bullet Resisting Equipment

    NIJ Standard

    NIJ0108.1 Ballistic Resistant Protective Materials

    ASTM Standards

    F1233 Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems

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

    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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.060.50 (Doors and windows)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments); 30170000(Doors and windows and glass)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1915-05R12

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