What is tempered glass? Is it safety glass?
Tempered glass is also referred to as “toughened” or “fully tempered” glass. It is heat-treated safety glass with a minimum surface compression of 10,000 psi or a minimum edge compression of 9,700 psi. The surface of tempered glass is approximately four times stronger than the surface of regular annealed (non-safety) glass of the same thickness.
When broken, tempered glass shatters into small, relatively harmless pieces. This characteristic “dice” break pattern minimizes the risk of serious injury.
Bendheim tempered glass meets the requirements for ANSI Z97.1 and/or CPSC 16 CFR 1201, and is typically labeled with a “safety” logo identifying the fabricator (Bendheim), glass type, and the standard it meets.
Bendheim’s tempered channel glass is SGCC-certified and has a “safety” logo permanently etched into the glass, in compliance with federal regulations. The Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) is the largest independent third-party that inspects and test tempered glass to confirm the manufacturing process and result. The SGCC is a voluntary organization. Satisfactory participation in the Council allows the glass manufacturer/fabricator to etch the SGCC logo permanently onto the glass, as notification that the glass has been properly produced.
Tempered glass is required as safety glazing in “hazardous” applications, such as floor-to-ceiling partition walls, entrance doors, sidelites, etc.
Glass cannot be further processed (cut, drilled,etc.) after tempering.
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