FGIA Updates Specification to Enhance Safety of Window Systems in Behavioral Care Facilities
FGIA, the leading authority in the industry, has recently released an updated specification aimed at evaluating simulated human impacts on window systems used in behavioral care hospitals and similar facilities. This significant development ensures the highest standards of safety and security in such environments, prioritizing the well-being of patients and staff.
The updated specification, known as AAMA 501.8-23, establishes a standardized laboratory procedure for assessing the resistance of window systems to human impact. It specifically applies to behavioral care applications and occupancies with comparable concerns, excluding other hazardous locations as defined in the International Building Code (IBC) or International Residential Code (IRC). This comprehensive test method is now available for purchase through the FGIA online store, providing industry professionals with a valuable resource to ensure compliance and safety.
Lothar Erkens (Winco Window), the Vice Chair of the FGIA Human Impact of Windows Systems Update Task Group, highlighted the key updates incorporated in the revised standard. The guidance offered in this specification is particularly valuable for specifying windows mounted at elevated positions. Additionally, the document now includes a clarification regarding post-impact evaluation without altering the pass/fail criteria. These enhancements further strengthen the evaluation process and provide clear guidelines for assessing window systems’ performance in critical scenarios.
The primary objective of AAMA 501.8-23 is to ensure that window systems used in behavioral care facilities meet or exceed the minimum acceptable levels of performance. By withstanding human impact from the interior, these windows effectively restrict unauthorized access, confine patients within designated areas, reduce self-harm risks, and deter escape attempts. The updated specification serves as a vital tool for architects, designers, and facility managers, enabling them to make informed decisions and prioritize the safety of occupants.
FGIA offers AAMA 501.8-23, along with a range of other industry documents, for purchase through its online store. Members can enjoy a discounted rate of $20, while non-members can obtain the document for $60. Visit the FGIA online store to access this essential resource and explore further insights into the organization’s activities and initiatives.
Source: FGIAonline.org with additional information added by Apazone