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Glass Safety

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Despite the rapid increase in newer, safer types of glazing, the breakage of glass in windows and doors is still responsible for many injuries in the home, at school, or even at work. Whether the original float (or plate, or annealed) glass is still in situ, or if it has been replaced with a double-glazed unit containing non-safety float glass, there is still the risk of serious or even fatal harm occurring.

In the first instance, Sun-X can carry out a glazing risk assessment of schools or commercial buildings, backed by professional indemnity insurance. This will identify any glass that is not compliant to British Safety Standard BS6206, or European Standard BSEN12600, and assess whether that glass is at risk of breakage.

If the glass has at least one smooth surface, it can be upgraded by the professional installation of safety film (an adhesive-backed clear polyester) to render it shatter-proof, and labelled to the appropriate standard. This is a much less expensive and intrusive option than changing the glass. Glass that is textured on both surfaces would have to be screened off with polycarbonate sheeting, or replaced with safety glass.