The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) released a new specification, providing a framework for safety standards within glass manufacturing facilities.

The specification, IGMA TM-5000-22, “Do’s and Don’ts of Glass Safety,” looks to ensure that insulating glass (IG) manufacturers have a guide to properly ensure that safety regulations are in place. The document states that all areas involved in the manufacturing of insulating glass units (IGUs) must be assessed for hazards.

Once assessed, each area needs written safety procedures for uniformity between individual operators and work shifts. All operators then need to be trained in practices and use them as a matter of routine to safely carry out job functions.

“The task group’s goal was to develop a manual covering basic plant safety, highlighting safety hazards, risk and appropriate controls,” said Mike Troutman, chair of the FGIA Do’s and Don’ts of Glass Safety Task Group. The manual recommends personal protection equipment for each operational function, Troutman said, which can be posted in the area of responsibility for glass safety. “These Do’s and Don’ts were based on the varied learnings, experience and practices by members of the task team to avoid injuries within our industry,” he said.

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