Webinar Examines New CPSC Rules for Glass

February 3, 2010

The Glass Association of North America is offering a webinar explaining new certification and labeling requirements imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on its Web site. Available for download or streaming for $4.95, the webinar covers new certification rules applicable to glazing materials installed in hazardous locations, including doors.

On February 9, 2009, CPSC postponed the date for compliance with the CPSC’s new certification rules, applicable to architectural glazing materials installed in hazardous locations, until February 10, 2010, GANA officials explain. Those rules require, for the first time, manufacturer certifications of compliance with CPSC 16 CFR 1201, the federal safety standard for architectural glazing materials, to include the business address and telephone number of the safety glazing materials fabricator and the identity of and contact information for those responsible for maintaining testing records.

Initially presented last week, the webinar provides an overview of the existing certification requirements compared to the ones that go into effect next week, offered by Kim Mann, GANA general counsel.  John Kent, administrative manager of the Safety Glazing Certification Council also illustrates one technique and method that SGCC members will begin using February 11, 2010 to comply with the new CPSC certification rules.

“It may be easy for glass fabricators to forget about or overlook the CPSC and its testing and certification-of-compliance requirements. Don’t!” states Mann, during the presentation. “On February 11, 2010, new, expanded CPSC certification requirements, applicable to glass and glazing materials going into doors and shower/tub enclosures and part of 16 CFR 1201, will take effect. The new required information the CPSC adds to its existing certification language won’t fit on most laminators’ and temperers’ logos.”