ANSI/AGRSS 002-2002 is often called as AGRSS. It stands for the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards. Developed by the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council, this standard provides guidelines to ensure that automotive glass replacements are done safely and efficiently. Here’s all the standard operating procedure laid down in terms of safety and regulations:
Scope and Purpose of ANSI/AGRSS 002-2014
The scope of Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard aka ANSI/AGRSS 002-2002 is to develop and publish nationally recognized automotive glass replacement safety standards addressing procedures, education, and product performance.
Here are purpose rules laid down in ANSI/AGRSS 002-2002
- To improve the performance and practices of industry technicians and raise their level of professionalism.
- To guide the industry in auto glass replacement procedures that meets the pertinent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements.
- To provide guidelines and objectives for groups that supply products, education, and training for the industry.
- To promote public awareness of the need for safe installation procedures, which will reduce the risk of personal injury and/or death from traffic accidents.
- To provide a comprehensive auto glass replacement standard.
- To achieve a higher degree of consistency among installation practices.
- To create an automotive glass installation benchmark for anyone engaged in the replacement of automotive glass.
The guideline states that those engaged in auto glass replacement shall follow the adhesive manufacturer’s application instructions as provided by the manufacturer directly, or through the private labeler. Products must be stored and controlled according to manufacturers’ requirements as provided directly or through a private labeler. No automotive glass replacement shall be undertaken using an adhesive glass retention bonding system that would not achieve minimum drive-away strength by the time the vehicle may be reasonably expected to be operated.
Adhesive must be applied so that the finished bead cross section profile and dimensions meet or exceed original equipment configuration.
If the OEM installation was polyurethane, then the glass must be replaced with polyurethane or an equivalent adhesive bonding system. If the OEM installation was butyl, polysulfide, or other non-polyurethane, and the vehicle is licensed for highway use, adhesive bonded stationary glass installations shall be performed using polyurethane or an equivalent retention system unless in conflict with current OEM specifications.
The standard guideline says that those engaged in automotive glass replacement shall not undertake or complete such installation when any related condition would compromise the retention system and the owner/operator shall be so notified.
Selection of Materials
The guidelines states that those engaged in automotive glass replacement shall use retention systems that are produced under documented quality assurance standards.
Those engaged in automotive glass replacement shall use glass products meeting the requirements of ANSI Z26.l as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205. Those engaged in auto glass replacement must use either an OEM approved retention system or equivalent retention system as certified in writing by the equivalent retention system manufacturer directly or through a private labeler.
Those engaged in automotive glass replacement shall obtain and follow written comprehensive and current application instructions from the retention systems manufacturer or private labeler. These instructions shall include at least the proper use of the retention system storage specifications, minimum drive-away time charts containing temperature and humidity variables if applicable, and any special procedures required for adverse weather conditions. Those engaged in automotive glass replacement shall require that lot numbers and expiration dates be printed on appropriate products.
The guideline has specifically instructed that the vehicle owner and operator shall be advised of the minimum drive-away time under the circumstances of the replacement. Once the replacement process is complete, technicians are responsible for guiding vehicle owners on post-installation precautions. This includes advising on the necessary duration to refrain from driving, ensuring the adhesive sets properly. Moreover, owners should be briefed on the care measures, like abstaining from cleaning or exerting pressure on the freshly installed glass. It’s equally important to educate them on potential warning signs like unexpected leaks or noises, which could signify issues with the installation.
Inspection and Verification
Upon completion of the glass replacement, a thorough inspection is necessary to confirm compliance with AGRSS safety standards. Establishments or technicians aligned with AGRSS might be subject to routine evaluations to validate their conformity to these standards. Maintaining detailed records of every installation, encompassing the materials utilized, technician information, and specific vehicle data, is pivotal for addressing any subsequent installation concerns.
Technicians installing replacement automotive glass shall be fully qualified for the tasks they are required to perform. Such qualifications shall include, at a minimum, completion of a comprehensive training program with a final exam and a continuing education component.
Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards are pivotal in ensuring the safety and well-being of vehicle occupants. These standards, meticulously crafted and regularly updated, guarantee that replacement glass meets the highest quality, strength, and clarity specifications, matching or even surpassing the performance of the original glass. Adhering to these standards not only upholds the structural integrity of the vehicle but also ensures that drivers maintain clear visibility under diverse conditions.