Friday, January 29, 2016

Wired glass injures as many as one child a day in Canadian schools, expert says

A public health expert from the University of Toronto estimates that as many as one wired glass injury a day occurs in Canadian schools.

Wired glass is a product that has been used for years in Canada. But concerns about its safety have prompted changes in the United States to prevent it from being used in areas where people could be hurt. Traditional wired glass was phased out of new construction of schools in 2003 in the U.S. In Canada however, it’s still allowed by provincial building codes based on a standard that hasn’t been updated in 25 years.

Currently no agency in Canada is tracking how often wired glass injuries happen in schools or other buildings.

Laura Rosella, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, believes better data should be kept to inform policy makers on the dangers of this material. Rosella used calculations of wired glass injuries made in the United States to estimate as many as 368 wired glass injuries a year occur in Canadian school-aged children.  (more...)


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