Wired Glass Warning
To OGMA members,
The Canadian Glass Association recently released a bulletin cautioning against the use of wired glass in human impact applications. Click here to download the bulletin best weightloss pills. Our building codes on this matter permitting the use of wired glass as a safety-rated product are quite antiquated but still legally apply. This is no longer the case in other countries.
As many members are aware, due to a long history of injuries, most school boards have moved away from the use of wired glass in impact- and fire-rated applications. Many architects are now specifying wireless impact-rated fire-resistant glazing because it is very complementary to their designs and provides glazing contractors the opportunity to supply higher-valued products to their projects.
Whenever tendering or providing design assistance to an architect or owner, it would be prudent to advise them on the potential issues that could arise when using wired glass in their buildings and let them know that there are better and safer alternatives available to them.
Update on Glass Supply Challenges
In March 2015, OGMA released a bulletin to its members to make them aware that glass supply was anticipated to become a challenge and more costly due to double-digit increases in demand in the United States, the reduction of glass production capacity in North America, an escalating U.S. dollar, and a severe shortage of transportation […]
OGMA/WSPS Health & Safety Policy Manual
With the constantly changing laws and regulations regarding workplace safety and workers health, a glazing contractor owner or manager cannot possibly stay up to date and in compliance without the assistance of a professional in this field. To address this province-wide industry need, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association teamed up with the Workplace Safety […]
A Chance for Change
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, October 2015 Issue You may recall that in the June 2015 issue we discussed the press release from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General where the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had been appointed to conduct an expert review of the Construction Lien […]
OGMA Newsletter – October 2015
The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway and an information package has been completed by the legal review group for distribution. The outcome of this review could be the most important piece of legislation in decades and could make a huge difference in your ability to be paid for work. […]
Construction Lien Act Review: Prompt Payment Ontario Survey Deadline Extended
OGMA members, The deadline for completing the PPO survey has been extended by one week and is now due by no later than October 2. The response from the OGMA membership has been disappointing. I urge you to take the time to do the survey NOW. Your input will go a long way to improving […]
OGMA Newsletter – August 2015
The Ontario Attorney General has commissioned a review of the Construction Lien Act. The OGMA has approached the commission to present the concerns of our industry to the review panel. In addition, we have invested $10,000 with an organization of construction trade associations called Prompt Payment Ontario, which was formed for the sole purpose of […]
In the Stretch Run
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, August 2015 Issue It was a way back in February 2010 when I penned that hard hitting journalistic gem about our cronies expedition to Las Vegas to commemorate the 60th birthday of good, old Brian Wiles. You may recall the good natured banter about Brian and our trip […]
Seeking Prompt Payment
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, June 2015 Issue A bid for fairness A full year has now passed since Bill 69 was set aside by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. You may recall that Bill 69, named the Prompt Payment Act 2014, was […]
Working at Heights Training/Plan Ahead for Gas Shortages
Beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that workers on construction projects who may use certain methods of fall protection successfully complete “working at heights” training that meets training program and provider standards established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under […]