Free Access to ASTM’s Homeland Security Standards for Criminal Justice Professionals

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Program Overview

Through a collaboration between NIJ and ASTM International, public safety professionals (e.g., law enforcement, corrections, forensics agency, emergency management) can get free access to relevant ASTM standard specifications, guides, practices and test methods.

ASTM and NIJ have created a custom portal designed to make sharing relevant data easier than ever before. This is part of a larger effort in which NIJ and ASTM International are working together to develop standards and test methods that address the needs of the public safety community.

What You Get

You will have unlimited free access to all of ASTM’s homeland security application documents. This includes standard practices, guides, test methods, and specifications in the areas of:

  • Biological agent detection
  • Decontamination stations
  • Emergency management
  • Explosive detection
  • Protective equipment
  • Robotics

See below for the complete list of publications you will be able to access via the portal.

From within the portal you also have access to extended functions including:

  • Color-coded highlighting for comparing revisions (Redlines).
  • Ability to annotate within the documents for sharing online with others.
  • Integration of NIJ practices and procedures into the standards.
  • Linking to ASTM Membership signup and collaboration area.

How to Get Access

Register to access the portal by sending an email to asknlectc@justnet.org. Be sure to:

  • Send this email from a valid address demonstrating that you are a current, active member of a federal, state or local public safety agency. Do not use a personal email address (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo).
  • Include "Request access to NIJ/ASTM Standards Portal" in the subject line.

Once your agency email address has been confirmed, you will receive login credentials and instructions for the portal. Your agreement is good for one full year and can be renewed using your official agency email address.

Download a quick start guide on accessing the portal (pdf, 6 pages).

Complete List of Available Documents

The following ASTM standards are available for free to registered agencies via the ASTM-NIJ portal. Once you have registered for access, you will be able to download each document from the portal website.

Homeland Security Applications Standards Available from ASTM
Document TitleASTM Number
Standard Guide for Hospital Preparedness and ResponseE2413-04(2009)
Standard Practices for Bulk Sample Collection and Swab Sample Collection of Visible Powders Suspected of Being Biological Agents from Nonporous SurfacesE2458-10
Standard Practice for Measuring and Scoring Performance of Trace Explosive Chemical DetectorsE2520-15
Standard Terminology for Urban Search and Rescue Robotic OperationsE2521-07a
Standard Guide for Stakeholder-Focused, Consensus-Based Disaster Restoration Process for Contaminated AssetsE2541-10
Standard Specification for Portable Water Heaters Used at Personnel Decontamination StationsE2542-08(2014)
Standard Specification for Portable Air Heaters Used at Personnel Decontamination Stations and SheltersE2543-08(2014)
Standard Test Method for Determining Visual Acuity and Field of View of On-Board Video Systems for Teleoperation of Robots for Urban Search and Rescue ApplicationsE2566-8
Standard Practice for Evaluating Cache Packaged Weight and Volume of Robots for Urban Search and RescueE2592-7
Standard Practice for Radiological Emergency ResponseE2601-15
Standard Test Method for Blast Resistance of Trash ReceptaclesE2639-12
Standard Guide for Resource Management in Emergency Management and Homeland SecurityE2640-10
Standard Guide for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) DevelopmentE2668-10
Standard Test Method for Determining Limits of Detection in Explosive Trace DetectorsE2677-14
Standard Specification for Materials to Mitigate the Spread of Radioactive Contamination after a Radiological Dispersion EventE2731-9
Standard Practice for Responder Family Support ServiceE2732-11
Standard Specification for Personnel Decontamination System to be Used During a Chemical EventE2739-10
Standard Specification for Trash Receptacles Subjected to Blast Resistance TestingE2740-120
Standard Guide for Operational Guidelines for Initial Response to a Suspected Biothreat AgentE2770-10
Standard Terminology for Homeland Security ApplicationsE2771-110
Standard Test Method for Determination of Thiodiglycol in Soil Using Pressurized Fluid Extraction Followed by Single Reaction Monitoring Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)E2787-11
Standard Practice for Characterization of Bacillus Spore Suspensions for Reference MaterialsE2800-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Obstacles: GapsE2801-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Obstacles: HurdlesE2802-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Obstacles: Inclined PlanesE2803-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Obstacles: Stairs/LandingsE2804-11
Standard Practice for Measurement of the Biological Activity of RicinE2805-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Terrains: Continuous Pitch/Roll RampsE2826-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Terrains: Crossing Pitch/Roll RampsE2827-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Confined Area Terrains: Symmetric StepfieldsE2828-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Mobility: Maneuvering Tasks: Sustained SpeedE2829-11
Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Mobility Capabilities of Emergency Response Robots Using Towing Tasks: Grasped SledsE2830-11
Standard Guide for Deployment of Blast Resistant Trash Receptacles in Crowded PlacesE2831/E2831M-11
Standard Test Method for Determination of Thiodiglycol on Wipes by Solvent Extraction Followed by Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)E2838-11
Standard Guide for Credentialing for Access to an Incident or Event SiteE2842-14
Standard Specification for Ruggedness Requirements for HAZMAT InstrumentationE2851/E2851M-13
Standard Guide for Acquisition, Maintenance, Storage, and Use of Hazardous Material Detection InstrumentationE2852-13
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Human-System Interaction (HSI): Search Tasks: Random Mazes with Complex TerrainE2853-12
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Radio Communication: Line-of-Sight RangeE2854-12
Standard Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Radio Communication: Non-Line-of-Site-RangeE2855-12
Standard Test Method for Determination of Diisopropyl Methylphosphonate, Ethyl Methylphosphonic Acid, Isopropyl Methylphosphonic Acid, Methylphosphonic Acid and Pinacolyl Methylphosphonic Acid in Soil by Pressurized Fluid Extraction and Analyzed by LiquidE2866-12
Standard Specification for Handheld Point Chemical Vapor Detectors (HPCVD) for Homeland Security ApplicationsE2885-13
Standard Practice for Measurement of Body Armor WearersE2902-12
Standard Guide for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) ManagementE2915-13
Standard Specification for Stationary Point Chemical Vapor Detectors (SPCVD) for Homeland Security ApplicationsE2933-13
Standard Specification for Metal Canopy SystemsE2950-14
Standard Guide for Community Emergency Preparedness for Persons with DisabilitiesE2951-13
Standard Specification for Air-Purifying Respiratory Protective Smoke Escape Devices (RPED)E2952-14
Date Modified: June 25, 2015