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Secure Ceilings

All physical elements must be taken into account when considering potential security issues for a detention center or correctional facility. A new ASTM standard, F2697 , Test Methods for Physical Assault on Overhead Horizontal Fixed Barriers for Detention and Correctional Facilities, covers the ability of a ceiling structure to withstand a physical assault.

F2697 is the latest in a suite of ASTM standards addressing the complete security envelope of correctional facilities. These standards have been developed by Subcommittee F33.02 on Physical Barriers, part of ASTM International Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities.

According to ASTM member James Stapleton, chairman and CEO of Habersham Metal Products Co., F2697 presents simulated service test methods in which full scale samples of horizontal security ceilings are subjected to destructive testing that closely simulates the abuse or breakthrough attempts that could occur inside detention and correctional facilities.

Architectural and engineering companies will be the primary users of F2697. In addition, the standard will be used by:

  • Security consulting firms that write design specifications and develop contracts for construction or renovation of correctional facilities;
  • Manufacturers that need to test their products, promote performance and conduct periodic quality assurance testing; and
  • Materials testing laboratories that are engaged by manufacturers to witness and provide reports on their testing, which can be submitted to facility architects and owner representatives as confirmation of compliance.

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CONTACT Technical Information: James A. Stapleton Jr., P.E., Habersham Metal Products Co. • Cornelia, Ga. • tel +1.706.778.2212, ext. 202 | ASTM Staff: Joseph Hugo • tel +1.610.832.9740

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