The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is in the process of revising the national standards for tempered, laminated and wired safety glass. In doing so, it recently established a Committee on Glass, which held its first meeting in May.

The committee has 32 members—20 voting and 12 “information and alternate” members—representing glass and window manufacturers and associations, engineering firms, architects, building associations, researchers and consultants, as well as government departments and agencies including Public Works and Government Services Canada, Health Canada and the National Research Council.

At its first meeting in May, the committee established a members working group to gather information and develop drafts for the committee’s consideration. The working group set up four task groups to study the materials for laminated glazing, fully-tempered glass, organically-coated glazing and plastic glazing.

According to the CGSB, the standards are being reviewed in response to needs identified by manufacturers, glass users and regulators, such as Health Canada and the National Research Council.

“The revisions will establish the performance requirements of glass to ensure it breaks in a safe manner,” says Annie Joannette, senior advisor for media and public relations at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). “The revised standards will also include a new category for organically-coated glass and will address impact requirements for safety glazing materials.”

CGSB manages the standards development process using technical committees whose volunteer members represent a balance of interested parties, experts, general users and regulators.

According to PWGSC, a draft of the revised standard is expected to be available for public review and comment in late 2014, and committee members are also authorized to distribute the notice through their own websites and industry publications.
CGSB makes its draft standards available for public review for a minimum period of 60 days, with a notice of public review posted on its website.

The revisions to the glass standards under review are expected to be completed in 2015. The standard for wired glass, which has drawn attention over the past year as a result of multiple lawsuits regarding wired glass, hasn’t been updated since 1990.