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Experts Sought to Develop Homeland Security Standards

Security-industry architects, manufacturers, product designers, testers, government reps, and other security professionals are invited to develop ASTM International standards that support homeland security.

The U.S. Office of Homeland Security established by President Bush on Oct. 8, 2001, has been coordinating an infrastructure against terrorism. The diverse response nationally to the events of Sept. 11 also led to the creation of TISP, The Infrastructure Security Partnership.

“ASTM International strongly supports the mission of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security and activities of TISP and recently joined this consortium,” says Dale Kostner, chairman of a new ASTM Subcommittee for Homeland Security.

Kostner invites individuals “to partner with ASTM International in developing security standards to support the vital mission of our government in securing our homeland.”

Eleven heavyweights from government and industry founded TISP to organize their collective expertise against terrorism. TISP founders include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Construction Industry Institute, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Institute of Architects, National Institute for Standards and Technology, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and five others. Present TISP membership totals 83 organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

On Sept. 26, the Executive Subcommittee of ASTM Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities met in West Conshohocken, Pa., to plan ASTM’s new Subcommittee on Homeland Security. ASTM members planning this activity are Committee F33 chairman James Stapleton, Jr., PE, president, Habersham Metal Prods Co., Cornelia, Ga.; F33 secretary Dale Kostner, A.I.A., architect and security specialist, Jacobs Facilities, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.; and Detention Hardware Subcommittee chairman David Bland, Ed.D., CEO, McGregor Industries, Inc., Dunmore, Pa.

The subcommittee will apply the ASTM principles, procedures, and practices developed by F33 for detention-security applications to establish quantifiable security-performance criteria for U.S.-civilian security equipment and systems. Equipment and systems might be products for assault resistance, such as special doors and glazing. According to Joe Hugo, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations, TISP is creating a matrix of existing standards. “We are going to add our existing standards into the TISP matrix and offer our services to the development of standards that are needed,” he says.

The objective of the ASTM Subcommittee on Homeland Security is to bring quality and uniformity to the defense strategy of TISP’s non-governmental organizations. “Instead of creating a whole new bureaucracy, they are going to work with what already exists,” Hugo says.

“Architects will drive this activity to a great deal,” he explains. According to committee members, the trend of “hardening the environment,” describes the design of new facilities and services, and retrofitting of existing buildings, to increase assault resistance.

Hugo says the introduction of “hardening the environment” applications for buildings compares to energy-efficiency applications for buildings 30 years ago. “Now, it is a normal part of the design process, and the ability to resist assault is going to be the same thing,” he says. “Right now there will be a lot of retrofitting work but in the future, security-assault resistance and security considerations will be a normal part of the design.”

Kostner, whose employer is a TISP liaison, will chair the new subcommittee. As well as applying six existing F33 security standards to TISP activities, Kostner says the new subcommittee will be developing additional standards responding to performance requirements for a broad range of physical and electronic security systems. Possible subjects to be discussed by the subcommittee are:

• New construction and renovation in airports, such as design of airport security screening areas, and physical barriers used in airport screening;
• New construction and renovation in government and industrial facilities housing sensitive functions, systems and materials;
• Integrated blast-resistant, ballistic-resistant and physical-attack resistant doors, vision systems, and grilles placed in horizontal and vertical-fixed barriers;
• Integrated blast-resistant, ballistic-resistant and physical attack-resistant horizontal and vertical-fixed barriers.

On Sept. 26, the F33 Executive Subcommittee also discussed possible standards for non-detention security issues involving high-profile and low-profile targets such as U. S. government facilities, air and sea ports, public utilities (nuclear power, water stations, etc.), high-profile buildings and monuments, schools, universities, and popular public-event facilities.

To participate, contact James Stapleton, Jr., Habersham Metal Prods Co., Cornelia, Ga. (phone: 706/7788-2212), or Dale Kostner, Jacobs Facilities Inc., Saint Louis, Mo. (phone: 314/335-4976). ASTM Committee F33 meets Jan. 10-11 in Charlotte, N.C., in conjunction with the American Correctional Association winter conference, Jan. 11-15 in Charlotte. For ASTM meeting or membership details, contact Joe Hugo, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9740). Click here to learn more about TISP. //

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