Peter Brown, owner of Tiny & Sons Glass Co. in Pembroke, Mass., has been elected vice chair of the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Committee. Brown’s involvement in the committee has always been about more than just good business sense, it’s about ensuring that industry stakeholders have ample opportunity to get involved in the standards process.
The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) serves as the Secretariat of the committee and develops the Standard under the auspices of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI procedures emphasize consensus and transparency.
“It’s perfectly set up in such a way that all voices are heard, and it’s designed so that when the standard is finished, every voice from manufacturers to third-party administrators, urethane manufacturers, training operations or an independent shop like myself had a voice in how it was written,” he says.
Brown began working with the committee approximately seven years ago because he felt it was important that small, privately-owned auto glass operations throughout the country, such as his, had a voice. Nearly a decade later, he’s a firm believer that the committee has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, that goal.
“The committee is set up in such a way that every piece of the industry has a voice in how the standard is written and imposed,” Brown says. “It’s perfectly set up in such a way that all voices are heard, and it’s designed so that when the standard is finished, every voice from manufacturers to third-party administrators, urethane manufacturers, training operations or an independent shop like myself had a voice in how it was written.”
“I’m honored and humbled to be the vice chair,” Brown says. “It’s a huge honor, especially being an independent voice for the auto glass technicians and installers throughout the country. My goal is to continue to make sure the standard includes voices from everyone, and to keep up with the upcoming technology to make sure it’s reflected in the standard.”
In December 2022, the AGSC announced the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the standard’s fourth update since its adoption in 1999. The revised standard, ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS 005-2022, addresses Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibrations in a number of ways.
The revised standard requires that those performing automotive glass replacements use only equipment specifically designed and purposed for recalibration/calibration when the vehicle manufacturer requires ADAS recalibration/calibration. The revised standard also requires technicians performing recalibration/calibration procedures to be qualified. That includes the completion of a comprehensive training program along with a final exam and ongoing education.
The newly revised standard can be viewed HERE.
In fact, Brown predicts that the standard is set to become one of a “living” nature as technological advancements continue to bombard the industry.
“The technology changes so fast that we have to update the standard as the technology comes to us,” he says. “I’m looking forward to it.”
I am happy for Peter, he has worked hard to continue what his father started. It’s great to have an independent shop heard. However I believe the average independent shop is ignored. The industry is headed in the wrong direction. Standards are great, how does the average independent shop receive updates? There needs to be regulations & qualifications for this industry. The quality of glass is getting worse as its importance is getting more vital. How will standards resolve problems of changing camera hoods, how some controls are mounted on the windshield is down right dangerous. This is where the AGRSS needs to be heard. Try reaching out to the independents as a whole, let us be heard. Good luck