If you are an ASTM Compass Subscriber and this document is part of your subscription, you can access it for free at ASTM Compass
    ASTM C1238 - 97(2021)

    Standard Guide for Installation of Walk-Through Metal Detectors

    Active Standard ASTM C1238 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01

      Format Pages Price  
    PDF 5 $54.00   ADD TO CART
    Hardcopy (shipping and handling) 5 $54.00   ADD TO CART

    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is intended for use by the designers, evaluators, and users of walk-through metal detectors to be installed to screen persons entering or leaving a controlled access area. This guide is not meant to constrain design liberty but is to be used as a guide in the selection of location and installation of walk-through metal detectors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 Some facilities require that personnel entering designated areas be screened for concealed weapons and other metallic materials. Also, personnel exiting designated areas are often screened for metallic shielding material and other types of metallic contraband. Walk-through metal detectors are widely used to implement these requirements. This guide describes various elements to be considered when planning to install walk-through metal detectors.

    1.2 This guide is not intended to set performance levels, nor is it intended to limit or constrain operational technologies.

    1.3 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ANSI Standard

    ANSI Z41.1-PT-1983

    National Fire Protection Associations (NPA) Document


    U.S. Government Documents

    DOE 5632.2A Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Materials and Vital Equipment, February 9, 1988

    DOE 5633.3 Control and Accountabilityof Nuclear Materials, February 3, 1988

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.310 (Protection against crime); 13.320 (Alarm and warning systems)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41111903(Metal detectors)

    Referencing This Standard
    Link Here
    Link to Active (This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.)

    DOI: 10.1520/C1238-97R21

    Citation Format

    ASTM C1238-97(2021), Standard Guide for Installation of Walk-Through Metal Detectors, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

    Back to Top