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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.

An example of the requirements of Regulation 14 Glass Manifestation

Reg14 diagram