The first version of an ASTM International standard for glass
rails, titled Standard Test Method for the Performance of Glass
in Permanent Glass Railing Systems, Guards and Balusters, has
completed the development process.
The standard's ASTM number is E2353-04 and it will be included
in the 2004 ASTM Book of Standards.
"It is widely recognized that the introduction of new standard
test methods usually takes time for widespread acceptance, and
for the most part it is always a step forward in the quality of
products being provided," said Solutia's Julie Schimmelpenningh
who also serves as the ASTM subcommittee chairperson for E06.56
Performance of Railing Systems and Rails for Buildings. "When
you can test and compare performance on an apples-to-apples basis
using an industry consensus document, it provides a level of confidence
to the end use customer. The test method, which will shortly be
followed by a specification, should provide that baseline in the
performance testing of glass rails."