|Input From Detention Specialists Sought to Develop Standard for
ASTM Subcommittee F33.05 on Furnishings and Equipment seeks stakeholders
to develop the draft standard, Test Methods for Steel Bunks Used
in Detention and Correctional Facilities.
A subcommittee task group has completed a first draft of the proposed
standard under the jurisdiction of Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities.
Manufacturers of bunks and furniture for detention facilities,
designers, engineers, and other stakeholders, are invited to provide
The proposed standard will upgrade minimum requirements for detention-center
bunks that parallel criteria required by the federal government,
according to Phil Hammar, a structural engineer and manufacturing
manager for Chief Industries, Inc., Grand Island, Neb.
The task group includes five test methods in the draft that assess
the safety of steel bunks for detention areas. The methods can
aid in identifying the appropriate level of physical security
associated with various configurations of bunk design. They address:
Impact from the bunk top,
Application of a static force from the sides, in various directions,
Force applied from the bottom of the bunk.
The forces applied simulate foreseeable abuse from a maximum of
To participate, contact Phil Hammar, Chief Industries, Inc., Custom Products Division, Grand Island,
Neb. (phone: 308/389-7387). For ASTM meeting or membership details,
contact Jim Olshefsky, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/832-9714).
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