Glass Handling Standard Focused on PPE, Risk Assessment

ASTM E2875/E2875M highlights critical risks to the body from glass handling, as well as the need for risk assessment, especially to the neck and other major artery areas.

One of the latest health and safety standards from ASTM is ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass, which was developed by Subcommittee E34.35 on Safe Handling of Glass. Its use will help to reduce accidents involving the handling of annealed (strengthened) glass by aiding in the selection of PPE, according to ASTM.

The standard highlights critical risks to the body from glass handling, as well as the need for risk assessment, especially to the neck and other major artery areas. It explains cut test standards.

"ASTM E2875/E2875M will be helpful to end users, particularly glass companies or locations that may not have as much exposure/awareness regarding available personal protective equipment in the industry," said Michael Marsala, safety and loss control manager for Guardian Industries Corp. "It can also be helpful to anyone who handles glass, in that these risks can exist with glass installers and replacers, as well."

ASTM Committee E34 will hold its next meeting Oct. 24-25 in Atlanta, Ga., during ASTM's October committee week. For more information or to order the standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations by phone at 877-909-ASTM or sales@astm.org.

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