To comply with the "Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992" a risk assessment must be carried out in all workplaces to ensure that all glazing is safe.
What is considered safe ?
- Inherently strong materials such as glass blocks or polycarbonate panels.
- Normal annealed glass that is of sufficient thickness in relation to the pane size. (This can be up to 15 mm as opposed to normal window glass which is usually 4 mm)
- Glass that breaks with no large pieces or sharp edges. (This can be laminated or toughened and must be identified as complying with BS 6206)
- Normal window glass fitted with an appropriate safety film.
What can you do to ensure compliance ?
You can consider any of the above options, however, 1 & 2 are likely to be impractical. Option 3 will result in expensive and disruptive work to fit laminated or toughened glass.
Option 4 is the least disruptive and lowest cost solution. A safety window film, correctly applied to your existing glass will ensure compliance with with the regulations. It will withstand the force of a falling person and in the event of a breakage it will hold the glass together in the frame with no resultant injuries. No prosecution for failure to comply can occur.
What else should you be aware of ?
There are regulations relating to the safe opening and closing of windows, skylights and doors. All are relevant to public buildings, offices, schools, shops and workplaces.
How can we help ?
We have highly trained specialist surveyors who have a wide experience in commercial, educational, financial, health authority, local government and military buildings. We can undertake risk assessments and surveys in order to provide fully detailed reports and recommendations to ensure that all possible problem areas are addressed.
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