Industry Reacts to Belron Technical's Application
to Create ANSI Standards
February 11, 2010
Many in the industry were surprised yesterday to learn that that
Belron Technical has joined the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) and is seeking accreditation with the organization as a standards
developer, and many also are questioning what the companys
goal might be. (CLICK
HERE for related story.)
Jim Short, manager of Klein-Dickert Auto Glass in Madison, Wis.,
had many questions about this possibility and what it might mean
for his business.
Why create their own standard? Will it be created by one
company and then pushed onto every other company via their Safelite
Solutions contracts?, asks Short. Will Belron want to
audit every other glass company that bills through Safelite Solutions?
He also questions the need for another standard when the Auto Glass
Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) already exists.
What will be changed from the current standard and cant
that be added to the current standard? Short asks. The
current standard was created by many people from different segments
of the industry, and what will be done by Belron and how? It is
sad that a company wants to create a new standard for the whole
industry, because they dont like the current one.
Wayne Gaudette of Glass Doctor in Raleigh, N.C., agreed.
AGRSS has been working for more than ten years with ANSI
to develop appropriate standards for our industry, he says.
Yes, auto glass businesses have been asked for their input
to help develop these standards. Belron has chosen to take a different
direction. Belron can join AGRSS and have input to the AGRSS standards.
All businesses with an interest in our marketplace working together
will produce the best results for each business and our customers.
Safelite technical director Glen Moses is a member of the AGRSS
Standards Committee. However, Belron US CEO Tom Feeney has said
in the past that the company does not intend to participate in the
AGRSS registration program that begun last year. (CLICK
HERE for related story.)
"Coincidentally, the board of directors of the AGRSS Council
Inc. was meeting yesterday and did discuss this issue," said
AGRSS Council president Debra Levy. "The Council is preparing
comments for ANSI now," she added. (Editors Note: Levy
serves as a volunteer leader of the Council. She is publisher of
Jim Houdeshell, manager of Glass Americas location in Johnsonville,
Tenn., questions not only the companys motives, but also the
enforcement of any possible standard Belron Technical might develop.
Whos going to police them to make sure they are doing
what they tell everyone else to do? he says. They have
an internal audit
What ever they develop will
be to hurt others not to help the industry. They have their hands
in too much as it is.
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for the public to voice any opinions they might have about such
comments. Those with comments should send them to McKim via phone
at 717/932-5834 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
by March 8, 2010, with a copy to ANSI's recording secretary at email@example.com.
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