Continues Efforts to Create Standard for Glass Used in Furniture
October 22, 2009
ASTM International is continuing to work toward developing a standard
for glass used in furniture. Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety,
which reports to Committee F15 on Consumer Products, sent a draft
standard to the committee for consideration and comment at the end
of last year (CLICK
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week during the ASTM F 15 Furniture Safety meeting, which took place
at ASTM Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa.
"Several comments were submitted and subsequently taken into
consideration in the rewrite of the new draft. The new draft is
now out for concurrent ballot between the sub-committee and the
main committee with a voting deadline of mid-November for comments
to be made," says Julie Schimmelpenningh, global architectural
applications manager for Saflex, a unit of Solutia Inc., and a committee
member who attended the recent meeting. "The new standard simplifies
the previous standard by essentially requiring glass in the specified
furniture to be a rated safety glazing as qualified in accordance
with Class A performance of the American National Standards Institute
Schimmelpenningh says the meeting participants reacted favorably
in concept to the standard and recognized that there is a need.
"The major concerns of the committee related to the title and
scope of the document. The title is very specific, but the scope
is looser and may lead to misinterpretation and confusion in use.
The other hurdle appeared to be the familiarity with the referenced
glass standards," says Schimmelpenningh, explaining that since
many of the participants are furniture manufacturers, they are not
as familiar with glass standards, such as ASTM C 1048 and C 1172,
as are those in the glass industry. She says committee members will
take some time to familiarize themselves with the details of the
referenced standards before voting. Once the ballot closes the comments
will be reviewed and adjustments made to the standard at the next
meeting, a date for which has not yet been announced.
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