In the lastest National Standard of Canada regarding Safety glazing, CAN/CGSB-12.1-2017, traditional wired glass is not considered a safety-glazing material. It does not pass the impact-safety standards and cannot be used in areas of human impact. However, wired glass is allowed if an adhesive backed film or an applied organic coating is applied to one or both surfaces of the glass. According to CAN/CGSB-12.1-2017;
4.3 Organic-coated glazings
Glazing assemblies consisting of a lite of glass covered on one or both surfaces with either: 1) an adhesive-applied organic film or sheeting, or 2) an applied organic coating. When broken, numerous cracks appear, but the glass fragments may adhere to the organic coating. Examples of glazings that can be organically coated include wire glass, glass-ceramic, annealed glass, fully tempered glass, chemically strengthened glass, heat strengthened glass and mirror glazings.
Most wired glass applications are also fire-rated which MUST be certified and labeled. If it does not have a label then it is not legal. Protect3™ Safety Glass from Glassopolis provides FIRE and SAFETY protection and meets the testing standards of CGSB 12.1 -2017 and ANSI Z97.1. It’s an economical glazing solution for high traffic areas requiring fire-rated glazing. It’s perfect for schools, hospitals, institutions and commercial projects. For areas where a clear aesthetic is required, Glassopolis offers Pyran Platinum F and Pyran Platinum L, fire-rated/impact-safety ceramic glazing.