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Elite Films install a range of Safety and Security Window Films. These films are tested to BS6206 Class A and B and upgrade sub-standard glazing to meet the requirements of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation 1992 - and Regulation 14 1996. Safety and Security Films are also specified to provide solutions to many other glass related safety problems including bomb blast protection.
• Upgrade sub-standard glazing
• Protects against deliberate attack
• Glass Fragmentation Containment
• Reduces ultraviolet Radiation
• Scratch resistant
• Meet HSE legislation for Safety Glazing
• Increased glazing security
• Anti-shatter & bomb blast protection
• Protects against fading
• Protects the product
• Structural glazing
• Glazed partitions
• Roof lights
• Curtain Walling
• Glass Exteriors
• Conservatory & Atrium Roofs
Why bother about glazing?
Since 1975 the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) has required employers, the self employed and certain people who have control over workplaces to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by their work activities. So if glazing constitutes a risk, reasonably practicable measures need to be taken to deal with it.
The HSWA does not specifically mention glazing, but on 1 January 1993 the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 came into force to implement the EC Workplace Directive. Regulation 14 includes requirements for glazing which make explicit those that are implicit in the HSWA. The regulations apply to a wide range of workplaces including factories, offices, shops, schools, hospitals, hotels and places of entertainment. They do not apply to domestic premises used for work, or to construction sites. They have applied to new workplaces from 1 January 1993 and they will apply to all workplaces from 1 January 1996.
The duty to comply with the regulations will usually fall to the employer. However, people other than employers may be duty holders under the regulations if they have control of a workplace to any extent; such as owners and landlords of buildings used as workplaces.
Depending upon the tenancy agreement, particularly of a multi-occupied building, the owner, as opposed to individual employers, may be the duty holder responsible for complying with the requirements.
Regulation 14 is applied to existing buildings, it states the following:
"Windows, transparent or translucent surfaces in walls, partitions, doors and gates should, where necessary for reasons of health and safety, be made of safety material or be protected against breakage. If there is a danger of people coming into contact with it, it should be marked or incorporate features to make it apparent".
Here are some requirements highlighted in Regulation 14 regarding glass doors and partitions and the use of manifestations:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Glass entrance doors, where capable of being held open are protected by guarding to prevent the leading edge constituting a hazard.