Volume 50, Issue 7 - July 2015


CPSC Proposes Rule Change
in Response to SGCC Petition

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published its notice of proposed rule-making to amend 16 CFR Part 1201. The change would substitute the industry’s voluntary testing protocol set forth in ANSI Z97.1-2009 for the CPSC’s federal testing regime specified in 16 CFR 1201.4 for safety glazing under CPSC jurisdiction.

“If, following the receipt and assessment of public comment, CPSC adopts its proposed rule-change as final, the new test procedures will become mandatory 30 days thereafter for all glass intended for installation in the hazardous locations remaining under CPSC jurisdiction, namely doors of all types, including shower doors, and shower/bath enclosures,” a release from the Glass Association of North America (GANA) reads. “Because most, if not all, state and local building codes already specify compliance with the CPSC test procedures of 16 CFR 1201, the newly mandated ANSI Z97.1-2009E2 testing procedures will, by extension, also apply to all (or nearly all) glass and glazing materials installed in any so-called hazardous location as defined by those building codes.”

No major change is expected, as “the CPSC concludes that its proposed substitution of test procedures will not alter the basic purpose of 16 CFR 1201 nor significantly impact the safety of consumers or burden the glass and glazing industry,” according to GANA.

Though ANSI may adopt another edition in the future, the industry must continue to certify to ANSI Z97.1-2009E2 under the amended 16 CFR 1201.4 as proposed unless and until that regulation is again revised and updated.

Public comments are due by July 21 and can be submitted at: http://ow.ly/Ooy5i.

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