GGCA/NWRA Announces Plans to Develop Standard for Architectural Glass Repair and Scratch Removal
September 29, 2011

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), a division of the Global Glass Conservation Alliance (GGCA), has announced its intention to create an ANSI standard for architectural glass repair and scratch removal. ANSI has publicized the NWRA's request to the public and noted stakeholders include scratch removal practitioners, scratch removal suppliers, building owners and managers, according to a news release issued by NWRA.

There are many reasons behind the creation of this standard, says NWRA president Kerry Wanstrath of Glass Technology.
"Just to give a few, first to preserve the integrity of the legitimate service provider of glass restoration. As with many new innovative ideas or products, there are those that would degrade the service or technology by performing below the industry standard," he says. "A standard can make sure people are not taking shortcuts, or not taking proper safety precautions. An example might be not using proper safety precautions if a work area is exposed to the public. A standard can elevate the level of work quality."

Keith Beveridge, senior vice president of NOVUS Glass in Savage, Minn., and a member of the NWRA board, adds, "A standard would help define what glass repair and scratch removal really is, and more specifically what it isn't. It would help remove the hype and general misinformation of what really happens during the process, and would hopefully show how best to measure success."

A committee will be formed to develop the standard. "A call for volunteers involved in the industry with some level of expertise will be made," Wanstrath says. "Once a committee is formed, we will begin the development of a code of best practices considering the various technologies used within the industry. The committee will meet throughout the year, until it is ready to submit for public input. Then public input will be addressed as the standard will be sent to ANSI."

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