1.1 These test methods cover the apparatus, procedures, and acceptance conditions for evaluating the normal operating performance characteristics and the performance characteristics under assault conditions of hinges used in swinging door assemblies in detention and correctional institutions. These types of hinges are described in detail in 3.5, 3.8, and 3.9. Thus, these test methods only give an indication of the performance characteristics of hinges in actual service. Such variables as installation and maintenance conditions which may have an impact on performance characteristics are not considered.
1.2 It is the intent of these test methods to help ensure that detention hinges perform at or above minimum acceptance levels to confine inmates, and to delay and frustrate escape attempts and resist vandalism and assault conditions. It is recognized that in order to meet the intent of these test methods, door, frame and lock assemblies must be compatible with the level of performance required by Test Methods F 1450 and F 1577.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 the values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.
1.5 Consult NFPA 80 for Fire Doors&Windows concerning hinge requirements on fire doors.
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