Volume 47, Issue 11 - November 2012


ASTM Approves Standard for Handling Flat Glass

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has approved a new standard, “ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass.”

The goal is to aid in the selection of personal protective equipment that will best protect a specific employee from hazards that cannot be mitigated through other means than (for example, through engineering, administrative or work practice controls), according to an announcement from ASTM.

ASTM officials say the new standard highlights the critical areas of risk to the body from glass handling; the need for risk assessments - particularly to the neck and other major artery areas; and explains cut test standards.

“ASTM E2875/E2875M will be helpful to end users, particularly glass companies or locations that may not have as much exposure/awareness regarding available personal protective equipment in the industry,” says Michael Marsala, safety and loss control manager, Guardian Industries Corp. “It can also be helpful to anyone who handles glass in that these risks can exist with glass installers and replacers as well.”

FMA/AAMA/WDMA 300-12, “Standard Practice for the Installation of Exterior Doors in Wood Frame Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Exposure,” is now available. The document, developed jointly by the three associations, includes procedures for the installation of exterior doors into light-commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height.

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