Three New Standards Aim to Support Cannabis Facility Security

Three new ASTM International standards cover video surveillance systems, access control systems and intrusion detection systems.

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 13, 2020 – PRESS RELEASE – Three new ASTM International standards aim to support security for cannabis businesses. The standards cover video surveillance systems, access control systems and intrusion detection systems.

“Cannabis businesses and facilities have unique needs related to protecting cannabis products and waste as well as the people and assets on-site,” says Patricia Haley, owner and principal security consultant at PWG. “These standards can act as a supporting resource when people consider how to design for protection and safety measures in a new facility or retrofitting existing spaces.”

According to Haley, the standards provide information on topics such as: how to secure a facility location, risk considerations that should be addressed, general security measures and practices, and common terminology surrounding cannabis industry security-related issues.

Members of ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) developed the three standards (D8203, D8217, and D8218). Haley says that facility owners and managers, consultants, employees, auditors and others could find these standards useful. 

For more information on ASTM International’s cannabis committee, please watch this video.

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN. The next meeting of the cannabis committee is June 28-29 in Boston (Massachusetts, USA).