Original Press Release
ASTM Detention/Correctional Facilities Committee Developing Proposed Security Fastener Guide
Press release date: July 11, 2007
A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK14507, Guide for Selection of Security Fasteners for Detention and Correctional Facilities, will bring consistency to the use of security fasteners throughout detention/correctional facilities. WK14507 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F33.04 on Detention Hardware, part of ASTM International Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. The proposed guide will provide technical information related to understanding the features, types, materials and benefits of various security fasteners.
"There has been little real guidance in fastener selection except for a design professional's advice," says Gregg Williams, an architect with DMJM Design and an F33 member. "Often there are several different types of security fasteners provided for a particular project. These can require several different sets of maintenance tools and can create confusion and inconsistency for the users. The fastener selected may also be inadequate for the intended use because of a number of factors including security level corrosion resistance, strength or frequency of removal and replacement. Indeed, some fasteners used in such facilities virtually never require removal."
Williams says that as the development of the proposed standard gains momentum, the goal will be to develop a matrix that will allow the quick identification of a recommended fastener which will meet the required design criteria. "While WK14507 is being developed for use in detention and correction facilities, it may also provide guidance for other commercial security facility needs."
Committee F33 has been developing standards for the detentions and correction industry since 1989. Williams says that all interested parties are welcome to participate in the committee and in the continuing development of WK14507. In order to facilitate the inclusion of ideas from many sources, an open forum Web site will be posted on WK14507. Those interested in the forum can contact Joseph Hugo, F33 staff manager, for more information. Justice facility architects, detention equipment manufacturers, material suppliers/vendors and representatives from the fastener industry have all been involved in the development of WK14507.
For further technical information, contact Gregg Williams, DMJM Design, Phoenix, Ariz. (phone: 602/337-2700; firstname.lastname@example.org). Committee F33 will meet Aug. 10-11 in Kansas City, Mo. For membership or meeting information, contact Joseph Hugo, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9740; email@example.com).