During a recent press conference co-sponsored by Senator Vicki
Walker of Oregon and Advocates for Safe Glass, San Francisco-based
SAFTI received two awards in recognition of its efforts toward
limiting the unsafe use of wired glass. Awards were presented
to individuals and organizations whose contributions influenced
the recent change in the International Building Code that set
higher standards for wired glass, according to a press release.
Bill O'Keeffe, president of SAFTI, accepted the two awards that
were presented by Greg Able of Advocates for Safe Glass and Aren
Almon-Kok of the Protecting People First Foundation.
"As a manufacturer of high-performance glazing systems that
are designed to protect people from fire, impact and other hazards,
I can't tell you how pleased I am to finally see this code change
happen," said O'Keeffe. "It's been a long fight, 20-plus
years, to gain awareness of this public safety issue, and then
action to elevate the standards so that adults and children are
protected from severe injury. I couldn't be happier with the outcome
or more appreciative of the efforts of Senator Walker and Advocates
for Safe Glass for successfully championing this important cause."