Your windshield is one of the biggest pieces of safety equipment on your vehicle. It protects you from the wind, from debris, and from the weather. Without it, driving would be a heck of a lot less safe. The good news is that there are equally stringent safety standards when it comes to auto glass replacement so that your safety is assured whenever you get auto glass repaired or replaced. Don’t take anything for granted, however. It is important to understand the safety regulations before getting your vehicle’s auto glass repaired or replaced.
Setting Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards
The safety standards for the auto glass industry are set by the Auto Glass Safety Council. This organization was formed in the 1990s by a number of retailers and car manufacturers. Together with the American National Standards Institute, they set the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard. The industry has agreed to follow the principles set forth in the AGRSS, in order to offer customers the highest levels of safety possible.
There are several purposes for the Auto Glass Safety Council setting these principles and standards. The first is to provide an industry-wide standard for auto glass replacement. But it also helps to significantly increase the level of professionalism within the industry, makes the public aware of the safety issues, helps comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety requirements, and lays out ongoing training for technicians.
One of the key parts of the safety standards involves regulating the installation process. This has six steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved:
- Training and ongoing education of auto glass technicians
- Assessment of the vehicle
- Correct selection of glass
- Following standards for installation of adhesive bonded glass
- Following standards for gasket installation
- Knowledge of all other glass installation
Only trained technicians should perform auto glass installation
The training and ongoing education of auto glass technicians is perhaps the most important part of the industry’s safety standards. Only trained technicians should perform both installations and repairs. It’s not enough to pass one exam, however. Ongoing training in the following areas is needed to ensure technicians are properly qualified to carry out the work:
- OEM auto glass installation
- AGR safety
- Technical specifications
- Adhesive systems
Here at A+ Plus Auto Glass, you can guarantee that all of our team are fully trained and continue to receive ongoing training throughout your career. We take the industry safety standards very seriously and make sure that we follow them during every repair or replacement. To find out more or to get a quote, get in touch with a member of our team today.