Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2004


Canadian General Standards Board Withdraws Canadian Mirror Standard
The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has announced the withdrawal of the Canadian National Standard CAN/CGSB 12.5-M86 Mirrors, Silvered, saying it is no longer compliant with the requirements for a National Standard of Canada as established by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). The standard had not been updated since it was published in August 1986. In light of the withdrawal, the Glass Association of North America (GANA) is encouraging Canadian mirror manufacturers to reference ASTM C 1503-01, Standard Specification for Silvered Flat Glass Mirrors.

Last November Canadian mirror manufacturers had discussed funding that would be required for CGSB administrative cost to review and update the standard. Participants, however, could not foresee funding being available for the effort.
“Canadian mirror manufacturers felt the CAN/CGSB 12.5-M86 standard was out of date, irrelevant and not well recognized or widely used in the industry,” said Lee Harrison, president of Walker Glass Co. Ltd. of Montreal, and chairperson of the GANA mirror division’s Canadian standards committee. “Faced with an outdated standard and prohibitive administrative cost to update the original Canadian document, Canadian mirror manufacturers voted to adopt the recently published ASTM International document C 1503-01 ... Canadian mirror manufacturers were involved in the development of the ASTM standard and we agreed that adoption of the new standard was the best alternative for consumers, our customers and the mirror industry.”

To learn more about ASTM C 1503-01 visit the GANA mirror division’s website, www.mirrorlink.org or ASTM International’s, www.astm.org.

ANSI Develops Height Standards
The International Window Cleaning Association has developed an American National Safety Standard called ANSI/IWCA I-14 to help raise the level of safety in window cleaning. 

The new guideline is geared toward helping workers and property managers work together through the contractor to prevent accidents. Suggestions such as exchanging written assurances of safety, ensuring worker certification and creating a written work plan are some of the information included. The standard also looks at regulating the equipment used by workers. Although written for window cleaners specifically, the standard applies to anyone working higher than 6 feet, according to the association.
Info+ www.iwca.org or call 703/971-7771. 

BEMA to Develop Bath Enclosure Standards

The Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has announced that it is working to develop recommendations for bath enclosure construction and installation standards. The industry will be asked to provide reviews and comments on the recommendations that will ultimately serve as the basis for proposed standards that will be submitted to a nationally recognized standards organization for adoption as consensus standards for bath enclosure products.

“There are a staggering number of enclosures manufactured everyday by firms with little regard for quality or safety,” said John Veras, vice president. “Poorly-designed, constructed and installed bath enclosures will inevitably lead to the diminished use of our products and BEMA members are committed to seeing that doesn’t happen.”


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