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Blast Resistance Standards for Trash Receptacles Published
While industry has been producing blast-resistant trash receptacles for years, there were no widely accepted specifications for judging a manufacturer’s particular claims of product safety. The Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several manufacturers began working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2007 to address the lack of standards for blast resistance among trash receptacles. The results of the DHS-funded work now have been published by ASTM International.
The two standards—ASTM E 2639–09a: “Standard Test Method for Blast Resistance of Trash Receptacles” and E 2740–10: “Standard specification for Trash Receptacles Subjected to Blast Resistance Testing”—will allow managers of transit centers and other venues to know exactly how a given receptacle model has been tested against blasts and precisely what a passing grade means in terms of...