Auto Glass Safety (AGRSS) Conference Underway in Chicago
October 27, 2010
Braselton of Safe Kids USA discussed car seat safety.
The International Auto Glass Safety (AGRSS) Conference kicked off
this morning in suburban Chicago (Oakbrook Terrace), Ill., with
several updates from committee chairs, a panel of automotive safety
experts and the latest on the third-party validation program.
Standards committee chair Bob Beranek of Automotive Glass Consultants
updated the group on several possible upcoming changes to the AGRSS
Standard, many of which have come about as part of the third-party
“The Standard has some minor changes, basically to help
our third-party auditor,” he said.
One major change is to the record-keeping section of the standard.
Whereas it previously required shops to keep records of DOT numbers
and lot numbers used but did not specify a time requirement, the
committee is working to specify that records must be kept for three
“This is for your best interest in liability and lawsuits,”
The changes have not yet been officially approved by the full committee.
Once approved, a revised Standard will be submitted to ANSI for
Jeff Bull of J. Bull Associates, who chairs the membership committee,
also provided an update, noting that the group currently has 412
registered companies, with 1,066 locations, spanning every U.S.
state (with the exception of Vermont), Canada and Guam.
“I think registered companies are seeing the value in
becoming a registered company,” said Bull.
And he also stressed that all involved should market that value.
“We need to promote our value—all of us need
to,” Bull added. “It’s very important
to put that logo out there.”
Nik Frye with Glass America, who is the incoming chair of the marketing
committee, premiered a new video designed to be shown to insurers
explaining the value of registration as well. The video stars Jon
Fransway, a Minnesota insurance agent who lost his sister in 1999
as the result of an improperly installed windshield. (Fransway also
will be speaking tomorrow during the conference.)
“It’s been quite a busy year for AGRSS,”
said Frye, who pointed out that 150 shops have been validated to
date. In addition, the Council has re-designed its website, www.agrss.org,
and the marketing committee is working to develop a newsletter for
insurers and consumers.
“We want to help move this initiative forward for all
of us,” Frye added.
Dale Malcolm of Dow Automotive, chair of the education committee,
also spoke of his committee’s efforts since he took over
last year. The committee is working on developing a simple Powerpoint
presentation for companies to use to train employees about the Standard,
along with a test for them to take after training.
Jean Pero of Mygrant Glass, chair of the AGRSS accreditation committee,
“Our focus for the coming year will be to make some changes
to the [validation] checklist,” said Pero.
She also encouraged AGRSS-registered companies that have been validated
to offer their thoughts on the program.
“We have open ears, and we want this to be successful,”
Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com™ for the latest updates
from the conference, which continues tomorrow at the Drury Lane
Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
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