ASTM F883 - 13

    Standard Performance Specification for Padlocks

    Active Standard ASTM F883 | Developed by Subcommittee: F12.50

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers environmental, functional, operational, and security requirements for padlocks. Included are function descriptions, cycle tests, operational tests, environmental tests, forcing tests, and surreptitious entry tests. No effort has been made to include criteria for specially made padlocks used by the Department of Defense or others in highly sensitive locations.

    1.2 This specification describes and grades various levels of performance to provide users of the specification with criteria upon which to select suitable padlocks.

    1.3 Tests described are laboratory tests and although they simulate field conditions as to attacks or the environment, they do not duplicate these conditions. Tests described are repeatable in the laboratory.

    1.4 Some users of this specification may wish to use padlocks that have special attributes not related to security. These are found in 4.3.

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

    1.6 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portions, Sections 8-11, of this specification: This standard does not purport to address 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

    B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus

    G154 Practice for Operating Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials

    ANSI Standard

    A 156.5 Standard for Auxiliary Locks and Associated Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.190 (Building accessories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46171501(Padlocks)


    DOI: 10.1520/F0883

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