Glass Tabletops Return to the Spotlight as ASTM Committee Meets
October 14, 2009
The danger posed by annealed glass tabletops is being revisited
this week as the ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products
meets at the ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken,
Pa. The Committee includes Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety
and its working group on a New Specification for Consumer Safety
for Glass Furniture. An ASTM representative told USGNN.com earlier
this year that numerous negatives were returned on the proposed
specification, and they are being addressed so that the ballot can
move forward. (CLICK
HERE to read a related March 2009 USGNN.com report on
The topic remains in the forefront of consumer press as well, as
indicated by this morning's special report on the Today Show on
the danger of glass tabletops. CLICK
HERE to watch the report. The report touched on the recent case
of 5-year old Princess Pichardo, who survived after a glass tabletop
broke and impaled her lung and liver (CLICK
HERE for related story). The report also offered a demonstration
of the safety differences between tempered and annealed glass.
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editorial on this topic.
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