ANSI Z97.1-2009 Forward
This standard was developed under procedures accredited as meeting the criteria for American National Standards. The consensus committee that approved the Standard was balanced to ensure that individuals from competent and concerned interests have had an opportunity to participate. It was developed within the approved scope as stated in section 1.1 of the standard.
This Standard is available for public review on a continuing basis. This provides an opportunity for additional public input from industry, academia, regulatory agencies, and the public-at-large.
The use of an addenda system will allow revisions made in response to public review or committee actions to be published as required.
This standard, which is the result of extended and careful consideration of available knowledge and experience on the subject, is intended to provide minimum requirements that are recommended for use, adoption, enforcement by federal, state and local authorities and by model codes. It is recommended that this standard be referenced but not incorporated in any statute.
This Standard does not recommend where safety glazing should be used or, when it is used, what type of glazing material should be used. For this information one should consult other codes, standards and manufacturer's information.
Neither the standards committee nor the secretariat feel that this standard is perfect or in its ultimate form. It is recognized that, although safety-glazing materials are widely used and accepted, new developments are to be expected and revisions of the standards are necessary as the art progresses and further experience is gained.
This standard is a successor standard to the 2004e edition. The 2004e standard succeeded those of the 1984 (reaffirmed in 1994), 1975, 1972 and 1966 editions.
ANSI Codes and Standards are developed and maintained with the intent to represent the consensus of concerned interests. As such, users of this Standard may interact with the Committee by requesting interpretations, proposing revisions, and attending Committee meetings. Correspondence should be addressed to:
Secretary, Z97 Main
c/o Julia Schimmelpenningh
730 Worcester St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Revisions. Revisions are made periodically to the Standard to incorporate changes that appear necessary or desirable, as demonstrated by the experience gained from the application of the Standard. Approved revisions will be published periodically.
The Committee welcomes proposals for revisions to this Standard. Proposals should be as specific as possible: citing the paragraph number(s), the proposed wording and a detailed description of the reasons for the proposal. Pertinent documentation should be included.
On written request, the ASC Z97 Committee will render an
interpretation of any requirement of the Standard. The
request for interpretation should be clear and unambiguous.
The following format is recommended:
Cite the applicable paragraph number(s) and provide a
Edition: Cite the edition of the Standard for
which the interpretation is being requested.
Question: Phrase the question as a request for
an interpretation of a specific requirement suitable for
general understanding and use, not a request for an approval
of a proprietary design or situation.
Requests that are not in the above format may be rewritten by the Committee or its Secretary prior to being answered, which may inadvertently change the intent of the original request. The Committee reserves the right to deem certain requests for interpretations as not within its scope or expertise and refuse to address them.
The committee reserves the right to reconsider any interpretation when or if additional information, which might affect that original interpretation, becomes available to the Committee. Persons aggrieved by an interpretation may appeal to the Committee for reinterpretation. The ASC Z97 does not "approve," "certify," "rate," or "endorse," any item, construction, proprietary device, or activity beyond what is addressed in the Standard.
ANSI Z97.1-2009 Scope
This standard establishes the specifications and methods of test for the safety properties of safety glazing materials (glazing materials designed to promote safety and reduce the likelihood of cutting and piercing injuries when the glazing materials are broken by human contact) as used for all building and architectural purposes.