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New Standard from ASTM International Addresses the Safety of Glass in Furniture

Post Time:Jan 24,2013Classify:Industry NewsView:60

Aesthetic appeal and durability have contributed to an ongoing use of glass in furniture. However, the use of annealed glass tops in tables and desks has led to an increase in serious and sometimes fatal injuries sustained from falls onto furniture pieces that include glass. A new ASTM International standard stresses the use of safety glass as a means of minimizing serious furniture-related injuries.


Henry Chamberlain, F15.42 member and chairman, Allied Glass Experts, says that most serious injuries involving glass in furniture occur when juveniles or elderly adults fall into glass-topped coffee tables. Children tend to climb onto the tables, while adults often back into a table and then fall through the top.


While less injury risk for consumers is a clear benefit of ASTM F2813, the standard also provides glass manufacturers the opportunity to add value to their sales volume.

In addition, Chamberlain notes, furniture manufacturers will benefit from lower claims costs, less breakage in shipping and handling, a safer harbor from liability risks, and the ability to invest in producing safer products without having to compete with firms that do not.

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Technical Contact: Henry Chamberlain, Allied Glass Experts, Kansas City, Kan., Phone: 913-278-9200; ASTM Staff Contact: Leonard Morrissey, Phone: 610-832-9719; ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;

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