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IYOG Spotlight on School Security

International Year of Glass

NGA and its member companies will be presenting the glass industry's role in safer schools during Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days 2023, March 27-28, in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the event and how you can be involved in security glazing advocacy. 

The United Nations International Year of Glass (IYOG) 2022 celebrates the essential role of glass in society. This month, as part of NGA's continued support and celebration of IYOG, we’re spotlighting how glass can contribute to safer schools.
Security glazing for schools is one example of how Glass Can Save the World. NGA member companies formed a task group to consider how to make security glazing products more accessible and easier for schools to implement, and to advocate for mandatory security glazing in school buildings. Read more about the task group.

The Glass Industry Response to Building Safer Schools 

“The glass industry has a long history… of developing products that keep occupants safe in the event of disasters, attacks or even everyday accidents.” Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine Editor-In-Chief. Read about how the industry is contributing to safer schools.

Standard for Forced-Entry Resistance of Glazing Products 

NGA announced at the NGA Glass Conference: Chicago a new ASTM International document created through the F12 Security Committee and NGA’S School Security Task Group, entitled Standard Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After Simulated Active Shooter Attack. Read the news

exterior of a brick and glass school building

Resources on School Security

NGA Glass Technical Papers and Manuals
•    School Security
•    Security Glazing
•    Laminated Glazing Reference Manual
•    Protective Glazing Manual

Ideabook: Glass the Protector

Architectural glass is beautiful, versatile and multi-functional, and it saves lives. Glass can provide safe egress for occupants in the event of fire. It can protect people and interiors in the face of hurricanes. Glass can keep intruders out, and provide ballistic and blast protection in the event of attack. Read the Ideabook from Glass Magazine
Building Security Resources

The International Code Council (ICC) formed the Ad Hoc Building Safety and Security Committee in 2018 to consider high occupancy and high-risk buildings, including educational buildings. This committee is expected to recommend legislation requiring safety assessments for new high-risk buildings to hinder targeted violent events, while safeguarding occupants by facilitating rapid emergency first-responses.
For existing school buildings, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publication Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings provides a checklist to assess the assets, potential threats and hazards, and the level of vulnerability.
School Security Glazing Quiz 

Glass Magazine featured frequently asked questions regarding school security glazing requirements and applications, answered by NGA task group members.