The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) seeks to update ANSI Z97.1-2015 (R2020), Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings – Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.

The ANSI Z97.1-2015 (R2020) standard sets specifications and testing methods for safety glazing materials in building and architectural applications. These glazing materials are designed to enhance safety and decrease the risk of cutting and piercing injuries from human contact. The standard is intended to provide minimum requirements recommended for use, adoption and enforcement by federal, state and local authorities.

Safety glazing is used in various applications, including commercial glass, bathrooms and shower glass, glass doors, windows and shopfronts. It comes in different types, such as tempered and laminated glass.

Task Groups Formed

The purpose of the possible revisions is to keep the standard current with product use related to safety glass, states Julia Schimmelpenningh, ASC Z97 secretary and architectural industry technical manager for the Advanced Material Interlayers business of Eastman Chemical Company. This includes new methodologies and technologies related to glass and glazing in buildings.

The purpose of the possible revisions to ANSI Z97.1-2015 (R2020) is to keep the standard current with product use related to safety glass, states Julia Schimmelpenningh.

Schimmelpenningh says four task groups have been formed. The groups will look at the title and scope of the standard, develop a new impactor to be used as an alternative to a lead-filled shot bag, ensure references are current and methods reference consensus American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) whenever possible, and review miscellaneous items that have been introduced via ballots.

The standard was last reaffirmed in 2020 with no changes in technical content or test methods. John Kent, ASC Z97 committee chair and president of AMS Inc., told USGNN™ in 2020 that the committee voted unanimously to keep the current standard unchanged.

“It is the goal of the committee to ensure the standard addresses evolving industry issues and remains relevant,” said Schimmelpenningh. “The committee is open to industry, general interest and user members of the standard to ensure applicability aspects of the standard are considered during each review cycle.”

The standard is available for public review. This provides an opportunity for additional public input from industry, academia, regulatory agencies and the public.

The ASC Z97 committee is also seeking additional members. As of March 16, 2023, the open categories included User, General Interest, Testing Lab and Component Manufacturer. For additional information, email Schimmelpenningh at or complete the application online at ANSI Z97.1