The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received a petition asking the agency “to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products set forth in [its] regulations, with those testing procedures contained in ANSI Z97.1, ‘American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Building—Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.’”

Counsel for the Safety Glazing Certification Council apparently submitted a June 29, 2012, petition asserting that “consumers and the glazing industry would be better served” by replacing the current impact and environment durability tests for certain architectural products with ANSI Z97.1’s “purportedly more efficient and more modern procedures.” The petitioner has also claimed that recent revisions to the voluntary American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard have “resulted in different testing methods and qualifying procedures that has created confusion in the industry regarding which test methodology must be used in what circumstance.”

CPSC requests written comments on the request by October 29. The architectural products subject to these testing methods and procedures include storm doors or combination doors, doors, bathtub doors and enclosures, shower doors and enclosures, and sliding glass doors. See Federal Register, August 30, 2012.