The Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) is a non-profit corporation that provides for the certification of safety glazing materials. Established in 1971, SGCC is comprised of safety glazing manufacturers and other parties concerned with public safety. SGCC is managed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from the safety glazing industry and the public interest sector.
SGCC maintains a certification program under which manufacturers of safety glazing products voluntarily submit their products for testing to an SGCC-approved independent testing laboratory. To cover testing and program costs, a nominal per-product fee is charged to the manufacturer. The testing procedures used in SGCC's program are consistent with those established in ANSI Z97.1, CPSC 16 CFR 1201 and CAN/CGSB 12.1. These specifications call for practical safety tests -- to establish that safety glazing materials, if broken, will tend to reduce the risk of injury or death.
Safety glazing products that comply with these specifications are assigned an exclusive SGCC certification number, which identifies the product, its manufacturer, and its plant-specific origin. This number is affixed to the product itself as part of an SGCC-approved certification label and also appears in SGCC's Certified Products Directory.
TTG – Tempered Transparent Glass
TPG – Tempered Patterned Glass
LTG – Laminated Transparent Glass
American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials used in buildings - Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test: ANSI Z97.1-2004
Consumer Products Safety Commission Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials - codified at Title 16, Part 1201 of the Code of Federal Regulations: 16 CFR 1201
Quality Assurance Program
In addition to testing, SGCC requires licensees to have a working quality assurance program for the fabrication of safety glazing. Compliance to quality assurance requirements will be validated at the first plant inspection after products are certified. SGCC does not define the type or details of a program; simply that one must be in place. Adherence is verified during twice per year plant visits. These requirements were adopted to improve the overall quality of safety glazing products in the program. A licensee’s quality assurance program, as a minimum, must have the following elements:
a) A Quality Manual,
b) A designated point of contact,
c) Written procedures, and
d) Regular production product testing.
e) Types of in-house testing performed at your facility
f) Frequency of that testing
g) Documentation and retention policy of those results
Benefits of SGCC Certification
SGCC certification is in everyone's best interest. In the glazing marketplace, specifying engineers can be confident in their selection of SGCC-certified architectural glazing products. Builders take comfort in the fact that the SGCC-certified glass they handle and install has met industry standards. Building owners are afforded an extra degree of risk minimization through third-party review. And -- whether they know it or not -- occupants benefit from the rigorous testing that precedes SGCC certification.
More than a mere regulatory formality, SGCC certification benefits safety glazing manufacturers, too. SGCC certification affords manufacturers the peace of mind of knowing that their products have been subjected to independent, third-party review and have been evaluated to accepted standards. This translates into confidence in the marketplace, assurance of reduced liability, and pride in one's craftsmanship. Those manufacturers who purchase safety glazing components for use in their own completed architectural or building products appreciate these same benefits of SGCC certification.
Moreover, the SGCC listing and safety label are handy, visible assurances for code-enforcement officials charged with the responsibility of ensuring safe building construction in our nation's homes, workplaces, and public spaces.
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