Codes and Standards

Advancing Safety and Quality Standards

ISANTA maintains an active role in the development of various standards and codes.


Nails and staples produced by ISANTA members are made to standards that have been developed and listed by ASTM International.

These standards provide the necessary information regarding terminology, material requirements, physical properties, dimensions and tolerances, protective coatings, testing procedures, and requirements of not only the fasteners, but the wood-based materials that these fasteners are driven into.

ISANTA is an active participant in the ASTM standards process and holds the chair position for the F16.05 subcommittee on driven fasteners.

Standards published by ASTM International are listed by the ASTM committee with responsibility for the standard. For example, ASTSM F1667-17  is the responsibility of the ASTM Committee F16 on Fasteners. The number after the standard designation is the date of the last revision. Numbers in parentheses indicate reapprovals without change.

Some of the key ASTM standards used or referenced by ISANTA are listed below

A5 Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products


Standard Test Method for Weight Mass of Coating on Iron and Steel Articles with Zinc or Zinc-Alloy Coatings


Specification for Zinc Coating (Hot-Dip) on Iron and Steel Hardware


Standard Practice for Locating the Thinnest Spot in a Zinc (Galvanized) Coating on Iron or Steel Articles


Standard Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products


Standard Specification for Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) Carbon Steel Wire (2014)

B8 Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

B487-85 (2013)

Standard Test Method for Measurement of Metal and Oxide Coating Thickness by Microscopical Examination of a Cross Section

B374-06 (2011)

Standard Terminology Related to Electroplating

B571-97 (2013)

Standard Practice for Qualitative Adhesion of Metallic Coatings


Standard Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Zinc on Iron and Steel

B695-04 (2016)

Standard Specification for Coatings of Zinc Mechanically Deposited on Iron and Steel

D7 Wood


Standard Test Method for Mechanical Fasteners in Wood


Standard Test Method for Specific Gravity of Wood and Wood-Based Materials


Standard Practice for Sampling and Data-Analysis for Structural Wood and Wood-Based Products


Standard Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Materials


Standard Test Methods for Use and Calibration of Hand-Held Moisture Meters

D5764-97a (2018)

Standard Test Method for Evaluating Dowel-Bearing Strength of Wood and Wood-Based Products

F16 Fasteners


Standard Terminology of Nails for Use with Wood and Wood-Base Materials


Standard Test Method for Nails


Standard Test Method for Determining Bending Yield Moment of Nails


Standard Specification for Driven Fasteners: Nails, Spikes, and Staples

G07 Corrosion of Metals


Standard Test Method for Determining the Relative Corrosion Performance of Driven Fasteners in Contact with Treated Wood