Building Codes and Inspections/TEMPERED GLASS LAW CODE

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IS THERE ANY LAW REQUIRES ON GLASS FURNITURE THAT THEY HAVE TO BE TEMPERED?

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This isn't really a building code question. I think it's more of a health and safety question, like fire proofing of certain curtain materials. Your best bet is to check the manufacturers of glass furniture. I did a quick check, and found that companies that manufacture table tops normally temper thinner glass, but don't sometimes think they need to temper glass that is 1/2 inches or thicker. There were a lot of articles available just by googling "does glass furniture need to be tempered for safety?" I suggest you try it, and spend an hour or so on the resulting research. Good luck!

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Sharon Toji

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I have special expertise in the subject of accessibility codes and guidelines (ADA), and most specifically in the field of signage. If you have a question that is not about the ADA or about signs, I suggest you try the following excellent site: Naffa International BCDG (Building Code Discussion Group). The website address is http://bcodes.infopop.cc/eve/ You do have to register, but it's free. You will find discussions here on all kinds of Building Code Q & A topics. You go to the forum that sounds as if it's close to your topic, check out some of the posts and see if it sounds like a fit. Then pose your question. With luck, you may get some really good answers. You can email some of the experts individually by clicking on the headings of their posts. When you ask a question, of me, or of someone on the above site, tell them your state, and maybe your city if it's a large city. That is crucial for answering code questions. Sharon Toji

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I am a voting delegate to the American National Standards Institute that writes accessiblity standards used by the International Building Code and are the basis for the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). I am also a member of the Access Advisory Committee to the California State Building Standards Commission, among other positions.

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Signs and the ADA (a manual I have written that is used across the country), and articles in many trade journals.

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BA, Reed College Graduate work, University of Munich (Germany) and University of California, Irvine

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