Volume 6, Issue 4, July - August 2002
Homeland Security in the Spotlight
Since the events of September 11, the members of the Protective Glazing Council (PGC) have been working tirelessly to help ensure the safety of our nation’s capital and other government facilities from glass hazards resulting from a potential terrorist blast event. Every aspect of the protective glazing industry has been impacted—from surface-applied, fragment-retention films to high levels of blast- and ballistic-resistant window systems (not to mention those in the security-engineering services industry).
Now, President Bush has called on Congress for approval of a new cabinet-level position, the “Department of Homeland Security,” and it is paramount that the protective glazing industry be prepared to support that effort. The PGC has renewed its support of the General Services Administration (GSA) in the area of national standards and criteria for security and protective glazing products and applications with regard to bomb blasts. Currently, the majority of the PGC’s membership, which includes a number of members from the surface-applied film industry, has tested to the GSA standards and continues to work with the GSA and other agencies to retrofit many of the United States’ federal facilities in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
Protective glazing reduces serious injuries related to glass hazards. Protective or security glazing must be incorporated with other elements of fenestration to achieve the greatest benefit. Many standards and certifications currently are in place to deal with ballistics, attack, forced entry and impact. Though a number of different U.S. agencies have their own versions of a standard for blast, the GSA Performance Standard has been in place since 1997 and, to this date, has been implemented in more projects than any other blast standard combined.
The Interagency Security Committee (ISC), which is represented by all of the agencies, recognizes the GSA’s criteria as a national standard. It will be most important for all of us in the protective glazing industry to support and promote the GSA/ISC Performance Criteria.
I encourage you to engage in an affiliation or organization within your industry. Joining organizations, such as the International Window Film Association (IWFA) or the PGC, offers a direct benefit to you as a member. It also provides the support of the industry to the Office of Homeland Security. Please do your part!
For more information regarding the PGC, log on to www.protectiveglazing.org.
|Other News at the PGC
• PGC has adopted the PGC Advertising Guidelines and Policy in an effort to encourage fair and truthful advertising. False and misleading advertising undermines public confidence in the entire protective glazing industry and its primary products and services. The PGC Guidelines and Policies has become a condition of membership.
• On March 11, 2002, in Washington, D.C., PGC participated in a charter signing ceremony for The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), composed of representatives from a dedicated group of public- and private-sector organizations to collaborate on issues related to security of the U.S. built environment. TISP has a fundamental goal—to reach out and include all stakeholders that could possibly be affected by any disaster and to serve as a source of technical assistance and information to the Office of Homeland Security. For more information on TISP, log on to www.tisp.org.
Scott Haddock is president of GlassLock in San Jose, Calif., president of the PGC and a member of the board of directors for the IWFA.
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