TRU Compliance Expands into Physical Security

Testing and Certification Services

This service coincides with the upcoming publication of the Structural Design for Physical Security Manual of Practice by the American Society of Civil Engineers, with TRU Compliance Director Andy Coughlin as coauthor.

Standards of governmental & civilian physical security specifications
Testing and certification for forced entry, blast, ballistics, and vehicle impact in accordance with all major standards and government criteria
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TRU Compliance’s testing and certification services is expanding into the dynamic field of Physical Security. This service coincides with the upcoming publication of the Structural Design for Physical Security Manual of Practice by the American Society of Civil Engineers, with TRU Compliance Director Andy Coughlin as coauthor.  TRU’s practice in this arena includes Blast, Ballistics, Vehicle Impact and Forced Entry services. This is possible through TRU’s partnerships with leading test laboratories such as Oregon Ballistics Labs, Stone-OBL, BakerRisk, Calspan, and others.  Physical Security certification by TRU is accredited by the International Accreditation Service and compliments TRU’s accredited Seismic and Wind Certifications.

Blast testing is generally performed using open-air explosives, shock tubes or quasi-static pressure loading. The products tested range from doors, windows and building materials to parts/assemblies for industrial application. Analysis can also be a viable option due to the relatively high cost of blast testing.  A blast certification lists all the information needed for an engineer to specify a particular product in a blast resistant application, including the blast pressure and durations, level of damage, and installation guidelines.

Ballistics certification conforms to standards such as UL 752 or NIJ 0101.06 and typically consists of firing a set projectile at a specific velocity range and impacting a structure. The firearm caliber, distance, and pattern vary based on the desired rating.

Vehicle Impact testing , sometimes called anti-ram, falls into two categories: intentional impacts and unintentional impacts (highway safely). There is a growing need for intentional impact tests due to the increasing frequency of those events.  The vehicle type and impact speed are specified, and the rating is based on the distance the vehicle is able to penetrate past the barrier.

Forced Entry testing consists of a team of mock attackers attempting to gain access through the door, wall, window or other barrier being tested. They have access to prescribed tools and the test specimen is rated based on the time delay. Full size mockups are usually required due to a lack of forced entry analysis tools.

TRU has previously performed physical security testing and certification services for Finnish Shelter company Temet Oy and will be testing two products for Stone Protective Solutions products in the coming months (Protect-O-Flex and Extreme Wood-Lam). The importance of Physical Security is rapidly growing. Countless events have occurred related to where physical security systems could have prevented injuries or fatalities. These events can be very costly, not only in terms of property damage/destruction, but also in lives lost and people injured. The need for tested and certified Physical Security products is increasing as manufactures develop new methods to prevent and minimize these events. TRU Compliance, an IAS accredited certification body, is prepared to fill this need.

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