New Canadian Safety Glazing Standard on the Way

After three years of work, Canada’s new federal safety glazing standard is just weeks away from publication. The standard, which was last updated in 1990, will no longer include wired glass.

Public Services and Procurement Canada spokesperson Pierre-Alain Bujold confirmed to USGNN.com™ that the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) plans to release the standard by the end of February.

CGSB established a “Committee on Glass” in 2014 to address revisions to CAN/CGSB 12.1 Tempered or Laminated Safety Glass, and it reached consensus on a draft in January 2016. The draft was then released for public review and eventually approved.

Attention on the dangers of wired glass in Canada ramped up in recent years after several multi-million-dollar lawsuits surfaced regarding product dangers.

According to an Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) advisory obtained by The Canadian Press, there were 107 wired glass-related claims against the Exchange’s 87 schools between 1987 and 2000, costing more than $3 million in payouts. OSBIE told Global News last year it had sustained more than $5.8 million in costs for 114 wired glass injury claims from 2001 and 2015.

In the U.S., International Building Code changes in the mid-2000s eliminated the use of wired glass in areas that require safety glazing due to risk of human impact.

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