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ASTM E2131-01

Standard Practice for Assessing Loss, Damage, or Destruction of Property

Standard Practice for Assessing Loss, Damage, or Destruction of Property E2131-01 ASTM|E2131-01|en-US Standard Practice for Assessing Loss, Damage, or Destruction of Property Standard new BOS Vol. 04.12 Committee E53
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Significance and Use

LDD analysis can be an indicator of the adequacy of the control and security exercised over the assets in the possession of or under the cognizance of a company, agency or institution. Excessive LDD can indicate weaknesses in awareness of control processes, physical security, procedures, and the like.

LDD creates concerns regarding effectiveness and efficiency indicating a negative impact on profitability or mission. Excessive LDD increases risk, and indicates at least a potential, if not real, weakness in procedures processes, and control.


1.1 This practice covers the assessment of loss, damage, and destruction (LDD) of property, assets, or material. LDD occurs when such property is found to be missing, damaged, or destroyed. Such discoveries often are made as a result of a physical inventory, an analysis of material used, or routine audits.

1.2 Some occurrences of damage and destruction are the result of natural disasters or other incidents beyond the control of the company, agency, or institution, and are not subject to the standards in paragraph 7. However, the reporting of such instances in accordance with paragraph 8 is still required.

1.3 Some occurrences of LDD are a result of natural degradation or other incidents of fair wear and tear and are not addressed as a part of this practice.

1.4 Loss, damage and destruction, while three completely different occurrences, are addressed as one in this standard. For the purpose of this standard, reporting and evaluating loss, damage and destruction are the same.

1.5 Loss, damage and destruction are key aspects of risk management. Projecting the possibility or probability of LDD, reporting and managing, and minimizing LDD is a critical and economic factor in the success of any endeavor.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.12
Developed by Subcommittee: E53.04
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/E2131-01
ICS Code: 91.120.01