IGMA Talks Safety Standards

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The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is convening in Banff, Alb., this week for its summer conference.

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is in Banff, Alberta, this week for its summer conference, which kicked off Tuesday with certification committee discussion.

John Kent of the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) opened discussion with an update on developments surrounding safety glazing.

“We’ve seen a nice jump in safety glazing participation, with more than 350 companies involved,” Kent said regarding certification test standard activity. “We’ve got a really good library of passing and failing rates for both tempered and laminated glass.”

Kent updated the group on the SGCC’s current activities, which include its efforts to seek ANSI accreditation. He said in the past, the industry relied on market recognition, but as the implementation of safety glazing became more widespread, accreditation was necessary. The council expects to be accredited by this October.

Margaret Webb, executive director of IGMA, later explained to attendees the state of the Canadian General Standards Board’s (CGSB) ongoing efforts to update the Canadian safety glazing standard.

Public review has closed, and the CGSB’s committee on glass received close to 30 pages of comments, which had all been reviewed. Webb said that the standard has been sent back to CGSB, which will review and edit it for formatting. Then it will be returned to the glass committee for review.

“We don’t anticipate any issues once it goes back to the committee, and we’re looking for publication in October or November of this year,” she said.

The new standard will likely mirror ANSI Z97.1, and going forward, the standards will be identical.

Another big related development this year is that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) agreed to accept ANSI Z97.1 as the primary safety glazing test method. “We’re thrilled that for the first time in 30 years, there will be a single safety glazing test method,” said Kent. “ANSI Z97.1 is now the mother of all standards for safety glazing.”

The IGMA summer conference runs through Wednesday. Stay tuned to USGNN.com™ for continued coverage throughout the week.

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