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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