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ASTM releases new standard for safe flat glass handling


July 26, 2012
By ASTM International

July 26, 2012 – Accidents involving the handling of annealed glass have heightened interest in standards that could improve safety in the glass industry. In response, ASTM International Committee E34 on occupational health and safety has approved a new standard, E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass. The new standard was developed by subcommittee E34.35 on safe handling of glass.

July 26, 2012 – Accidents involving the handling of annealed glass have
heightened interest in standards that could improve safety in the glass
industry. In response, ASTM International Committee E34 on occupational health and safety has approved a new standard, E2875/E2875M, Guide for
Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass. The new
standard was developed by subcommittee E34.35 on safe handling of glass.

The goal of E2875/E2875M is to aid in selecting personal protective
equipment that will best protect a specific employee from hazards that
cannot be mitigated through other means, such as through engineering,
administrative or work practice controls.

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The new standard highlights the critical areas of risk to the body from
glass handling, highlights the need for risk assessments — particularly
to the neck and other major artery areas — and explains cut test
standards, and describes personal protective equipment materials of
construction.

“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 at Guardian Industries . “It
can also be helpful to anyone who handles glass in that these risks can
exist with glass installers and replacers as well.”

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