Glass Health & Safety Legislation

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Glass Health & SafetyAll employers have safety responsibilities relating to glass in the workplace; we help you comply completely and cost effectively.

Further legislation comes from the Building Regulations Document N1 requiring Regulation 14 compliance with all new installations or window replacements; and inspectors won’t sign off until N1 has been complied with.

Finally British Safety Standards also have a role to play setting important benchmarks for toughened glass in BS 6206, and setting out guidance on the use of safety glazing in BS 6262 particularly expecting architects to assess higher risk environments like swimming pools or sports centres.

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Regulation 14

The key document in question is the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Within that legislation lies Regulation 14 which requires employers to ensure that glass within critical locations throughout their premises have been fully risk assessed to ensure it qualifies as impact-safe or safe-breaking and clearly marked with manifestations.

Regulation 14Every piece of critically located glass in walls, partitions, doors and gates is affected, and as is often the case failure to comply can meet with litigation, however the wording of the regulation is complex and can be very difficult to interpret for anyone not dealing with it on a very regular basis.

We can apply clear safety film to existing windows to ensure they comply with regulation 14.

It’s a minefield that catches many victims and the only way to be sure you’re compliant and properly protecting your staff and customers is to utilise professional help; we carry out full Regulation 14 surveys advising you on your compliance levels and what we can do to help you improve.

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On May 1st 2004 a new regulation Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings (2004 edition) was issued. This refers to new critical location buildings, and refurbishments of existing buildings from that date, it is a duty of care and states the following:-

Glass entrance doors and glazed screens will satisfy Requirements M1 or M2 if:

  • They are clearly defined with manifestation on the glass at two levels, 850 to 1000 mm and 1400 to 1600 mm above the floor, contrasting visually with the background seen through the glass (both sides from inside and outside) in all lighting conditions:
  • Manifestation takes the form of a logo or sign at least 150 mm high (repeated on a glazed screen) or a decorative feature such as a broken lines or continuous bands, at least 50 mm high.
  • Glazed entrance doors, where adjacent to, or forming part of, a glazed screen, are clearly differentiated from it by the provision of a high contrast strip at the top and on both sides.
  • Glass entrance doors, where capable of being held open, are protected by guarding to prevent the leading edge constituting a hazard.

Manifestation Graphics provide a quick, easy and cost effective solution to legal requirements. Standard banding for glass is stocked by the linear metre and available in several acid etched sandblasted effects or coloured vinyl's.

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Document N
Document N -
Glazing safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning

Regulation 14
Regulation 14
- Safety of Glazing

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