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Sourcebook 2015

The Stained Glass Association of America

Safety Standards

for Architectural Glazing Materials

     The Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains stringent guidelines for safety               Supplementary Information: On
in building components. As 10 centuries of use has shown, there are no unusual inherent        January 6, 1977, the Consumer Product
or unnecessary risks in the use of architectural stained glass.                                Safety Commission issued the Safety
                                                                                               Standard for Architectural Glazing
     This fact prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to adopt guidelines             Materials to eliminate or reduce unreason-
almost 30 years ago that address stained glass directly. For the convenience of those con-     able risks of injury associated with archi-
sidering the commissioning of stained glass, these guidelines are reproduced below. The        tectural glazing materials and products
Summary below is reproduced verbatim; the Supplementary Information has been edited            incorporating those materials (42 FR 1428)
slightly to aid readability.                                                                   (16 CFR 1201). The standard prescribes
                                                                                               tests to insure that glazing materials used
                                 Title 16 – Commercial Practices                               in certain architectural products either do
                                             CHAPTER II                                        not break when impacted with a specified
                                                                                               energy, or break with such characteristics
                              Consumer Product Safety Commission                               that they are less likely to present an unrea-
                                                                                               sonable risk of injury. The standard
              PART 1201 - Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials                  became effective on July 6, 1977.

        Amendment to Standard Exempting Certain Decorative Glazing Materials                        Provisions of #1201.1(c) of the stan-
                                                                                               dard, as issued on January 6, 1977, exempt-
     AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.                                               ed six Items of glazing materials from its
                                                                                               requirements. The only decorative glazing
     ACTION: Final amendment to rule.                                                          materials exempted by #1201.1(c) were:
                                                                                               “Leaded glass panels where no individual
     SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission amends the Safety Standard for                  piece of glass has an area greater than 30
Architectural Glazing Materials to exempt from its coverage carved glass, dalle glass and      square inches.”
leaded glass, if those materials are incorporated into doors or glazed panels covered by
the standard for decorative or artistic purposes. The exemption is issued because these             The term “leaded glass” is defined in
glazing materials have an aesthetic and artistic value but are unable to meet the require-     the standard at #1201.2(a) (14) to mean: “a
ments of the standard; acceptable substitute glazing is not available; and any risk of injury  decorative composite glazing material
is mitigated by the visibility of the glass. The Commission in this document also lifts the    made of individual pieces of glass whose
stay of the standard it issued for faceted, patinaed, and leaded glass, which has been in      circumference is enclosed by lengths of
effect pending action on this amendment.                                                       durable metal such as lead or zinc and the
                                                                                               pieces of glass are completely held togeth-
     DATES: The exemption for carved glass, dalle glass, and leaded glass incorporated         er and supported by such metal.”
into doors or glazed panels covered by the standard for decorative or artistic purposes is
effective on December 2, 1978. The stay of the standard for faceted glass and leaded glass          On April 20, 1977, the Stained Glass
is lifted effective December 2, 1978. The stay of the standard for “patinaed glass” is lift-   Association of America (SGAA), peti-
ed effective January 9, 1979.                                                                  tioned the Commission under section 10 of
                                                                                               the Consumer Product Safety Act (15
     For further information contact:                                                          U.S.C. 2059) to amend the standard to
                                                                                               exempt other decorative glazing materials.
                          Directorate of Compliance and Enforcement                            The petition was designated CP 77–12.
                              Consumer Product Safety Commission
                                       Washington, DC 20207                                         On June 21, 1977, SGAA requested the
                                            (301) 492-6629                                     Commission to stay the standard as it

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