Glass Association of North America (GANA) to Consider Development of Glass Damage Standards

Greg Carney, technical director of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) is generally known as the answer man.

"People from all over the world contact Carney with technical questions about glass," says GANA's executive vice president Stan Smith. "Greg is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry."

But Carney himself says there's one type of question he can't answer.

"We get questions all the time about damage to the surface of glass, specifically people want guidelines on what should and does not need to be corrected. I can't really answer these questions, because there's no common answer," he says.

Carney adds that there has been ever- increasing interest by GANA members in the development of a document that would:

  • Classify damage;
  • Outline inspection procedures for evaluating glass surface damage; and
  • Define criteria for replacement of architectural glazing units with surface damage using engineering principles.

Carney made his pitch for the document's development during a joint Technical Update Luncheon at Glass Week 2007 in Sarasota, Fla. The request was met with a positive response by most in attendance.

"We will begin evaluating the process," said Carney, who also provided the group with an extensive update on ANSI, ASTM, ISO and other standards affecting the glass industry.

Carney said that safety standards for furniture glass are now being addressed and that there is activity by at least two groups on this.

"It's an important topic," he said.

In addition to Carney, John Kent of the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) provided the group with SGCC and IGCC updates. Kent said that testing procedures had recently been changed to require that testing be done by testing labs in North America.

"These are North American standards that the product is being tested to," he said, "and we felt that, in order to insure that the testing company has experience doing the testing, we should require that it be done in North America."

The luncheon was just one of many activities taking place during Glass Week 2007, which runs through tomorrow at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.

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