ASTM Task Group Works on Standard for Safe Handling of Annealed
Recent accidents involving annealed glass along with requests from
OSHA have led ASTM International to form a new task group that will
work on the development of a proposed standard guide for the safe
handling of annealed glass. The task group is part of Committee
E34 on Occupational Health and Safety.
"We received a request from OSHA because of two fatalities
in the [past] 12 to 18 months in the glass industry. In response
to this request, we had an initial meeting in Rossford, Ohio, to
[meet with members of the] industry to see if they thought it was
a worthwhile activity," says Kevin Shanahan, manager, technical
committee operations for ASTM International. "The response
was yes and now we will have a meeting in August to discuss the
title and scope of the new standard."
The organizational meeting is scheduled for August 19 at the Courtyard
Marriott in Rossford, Ohio; all interested parties within the glass
industry are invited to participate. The task group plans to focus
on practical personal protective equipment for employees as well
as standardizing levels of protection for various tasks in handling
"The industry representatives will discuss best practices
for personal protective equipment as well as best practices for
the general handling the glass in this standard," says Shanahan.
For a meeting agenda or additional information, please contact
Kevin Shanahan at 610/832-9737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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