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High Security Fences and Perimeter Barriers Are the Focus of a New ASTM Subcommittee


ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences is currently seeking participation in recently formed Subcommittee F14.50 on High Security Fences and Perimeter Barriers. The purpose of the new subcommittee is to develop a series of standards that address a higher level of security fencing and perimeter barrier than currently exist. These standards would also be used to support the efforts of ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security.

“The subcommittee is developing security fence standards that are designed to improve security, deter entry and delay penetration time,” says Thomas Stanek, architectural marketing manager, Merchants Metals. “Each fence type — chain link, expanded metal, ornamental picket and welded wire mesh — will be addressed in a standard.”

Stanek says the most likely users of standards developed by F14.50 will be utilities, refineries, ports, airports, government facilities, water treatment facilities or any other company or facility that could be subject to a terrorist threat or security breach.

“Committee F14 on Fences has recognized the need for security fence standards and has the desire to support the ongoing work of Committee E54,” says Stanek. “The ongoing efforts within F14 have brought new members and new talent to the committee and has created a sense of urgency to develop a good set of standards.”

For further technical information, contact Thomas Stanek, Merchants Metals, Houston, Texas (phone: 281/372-3800; Committee F14 will meet June 13, at the June Committee Week in Toronto, Ontario, . For membership or meeting details, contact Thomas O’Toole (phone: 610/832-9739;

Release #7405

May 1, 2006

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