Work Item
ASTM WK78966

New Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistant of Fenestration Systems after Simulated Active Shooter Attack

1. Scope

To develop and standardize terminology, test methods, specifications, performance specifications, classifications, and practices for security systems, components and equipment for security of property and life and product counterfeit protection. This work shall be coordinated with other identified ASTM Technical Committees, organizations and individuals affected by and having an interest in the work of the Committee.


Security; Glazing; School; Intruder; Protective system


This new standard considers the need to slow and if possible, prevent intruders from entering facilities through fenestration. The document provides an attack methodology based on data extracted from past events such as school shootings. The intent of this document is to provide a mechanically administered standard test method and rating criteria to which fenestration systems can be tested and compared. Tested systems will be able to provide precious resistance to entry allowing precious moments for notifications, warnings and protective exercises to be launched within a facility thus potentially save lives and reduce injuries. The method offered is based primarily on previously published ASTM security standards which have been brought together to provide a single, repeatable, mechanically driven, simple to execute and easily reference-able standard. The standard is not a bullet resistant test method. There is a base level and extended levels of performance which can be chosen to correspond to anticipated levels of forced entry assault. This standard will allow for standardized direct comparisons of products as there is extremely limited human execution factor involved in the testing. Although this standard is targeted for the use by schools, it is not restricted to that type of building. It incorporates a systems approach although alternate tests are offered for glazing evaluation. It should be noted that the glazing, when tested alone, cannot achieve a level rating per this standard as it has not been tested in a system. Substitution criteria is also outlined. We feel this document offers a single concise, consensus standard for fenestration weakened by projectiles/missiles prior to forced entry attack and is needed urgently in the industry. We ask for you affirmative vote on this standard to allow rapid introduction into the marketplace and the ability to offer understandable, reference-able and repeatable enhanced protection to the children and adults of our school systems.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: F12.10

Committee: F12

Staff Manager: Frank McConnell

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 11-17-2021

Technical Contact: Julia Schimmelpenningh

Item: 001

Ballot: F12.10 (21-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: F12 (22-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: F12 (22-03)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution