Work Item
ASTM WK44736

New Test Method for Assessing Weatherability of Containment Coatings

1. Scope

1) the development of standards (specifications, guides, practices, test methods, classifications, or terminology) for homeland security applications that do not exist elsewhere, specifically focusing on protecting responders and the public in the following areas:
• Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) detection and response (e.g., equipment, use of equipment, and protocols during and after intentional and unintentional events)
• Preparing for and responding to natural disasters, accidents, and intentional events (e.g., training and concept of operations)
• Protecting and equipping public safety personnel and responders in homeland security operations or events, but may cross over to day-to-day operations (e.g., law enforcement personal protective equipment, such as body armor and gloves, and operational equipment used for protection of citizens and responders)
• Security and protection of buildings, critical infrastructure, borders, ports, and transportation systems (e.g., preparation for intentional and unintentional events, resiliency of infrastructure, and physical protection barriers)
2) the coordination and development of standards for homeland security applications with other ASTM committees (such as F23 and D13) or other standards developing organizations having similar or related scopes (such as NFPA and ANSI).
2.2 It is the intention of E54 to coordinate with other ASTM committees and standards developing organizations having similar or related scopes to ensure that E54 does not duplicate efforts of others and to ensure the development occurs within the proper organization.
2.3 Coordination with others will be the responsibility of the E54 Strategic Planning Subcommittee.


contain; coatings; CCs; radioactive contamination; RDD; cleanup; water resistance; tensile strength; abrasion resistance; natural sunlight; soak-freeze-thaw; adhesion strength


This test method establishes a series of test procedures to assess the weatherability of a CC that is intended to immobilize dispersible radioactive contamination deposited on buildings and equipment as might result from a radiological dispersal device (RDD) event. The intended use of the CC addressed in this test method is primarily in an urban environment; however, it may be used in other environments such as suburban or rural areas. The CC is intended to be removable during subsequent decontamination and recovery operations. It is intended to prevent the radioactive contamination from further migration, re-suspension into the air, and spreading as a result of external forces. Users of this method are the developers and practitioners of coatings to contain radioactive contamination.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Committee: E54

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-15-2014

Technical Contact: John Drake

Item: 002

Ballot: E54.03 (14-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution