Major Wired Glass Manufacturer Admits Major Safety Concern

Advocates for Safe Glass (AFSG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the safe application of glazing products in public spaces, would like to recognize Central Glass Company of Japan for posting the following safety precaution about its wired glass products on its Web site: “These glass products are not safety glazing materials, and should not be used as such or in locations where human impact is possible or where safety glazing is required.”Traditional wired glass is not safety glass, and for that reason the 2003 International Building Code (IBC) does not allow wired glass in schools or athletic facilities where the chance of human impact is greatest.

The State of Oregon Building Codes Division recently adopted the same provisions, and will up the ante next year when it limits the use of wired glass that does not meet the highest safety standards in all new construction, not just educational and athletic facilities.

Oregon State Senator Vicki Walker, who has worked closely with Advocates for Safe Glass and Oregon State Building Codes, introduced SB 824 in the 2003 Oregon Legislative Assembly to address concerns about wired glass, and is pleased to see this new development. “ I commend Central Glass for its responsive, clear communication on this public safety issue and look forward to the introduction of new products from wired glass manufacturers that meet the highest safety code standards that protect our nation’s children from injury caused by accidental impact,” said Walker.

"I think the fact that Central Glass was the first wired glass manufacturer to post this safety warning on its Web site is praiseworthy and courageous. I hope all other manufacturers follow their responsible example,” states Greg Abel, Advocates for Safe Glass.

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