Why is Glazing Important?
Since 1975 the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) (1974) 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.
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 all 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.
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.
What is Regulation 14?
Regulation 14 states that;
“Every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall or partition and every transparent or translucent surface in a door or gate shall, where necessary for reasons of health and safety:
- be of safety material or be protected against breakage of the transparent or translucent material;
- be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent.”
How does Regulation 14 affect me?
The regulation expects action "where necessary for reasons of health or safety". A survey must therefore be undertaken to assess every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall, partition, or door or gate to establish whether there is a risk of anyone being hurt if people or objects come into contact with it, or if it breaks.
If there is no risk, no further action is required. If there is a risk then action will be necessary to comply with the regulation. You will be required to:
1. Reduce the likelihood of glass breakage occurrence by increasing glass visibility.
2. Reduce the effects of glass breakage when i does occur by ensuring that the glass breaks safely.
Failing to meet Health and Safety regulations can result in severe penalties.
Assessing the risk
The assessment needs to take into account all relevant factors such as the location of the glazing, the activities taking place nearby, the volume of traffic and pedestrians, and any previous experience of incidents.
The area’s most at risk are described as critical locations, and are shown in the diagram below;
Window Film is an ideal solution!
Increase Glazing Safety
The application of safety window film to existing glazing to upgrade it to be in accordance with EN12600 (2B2) safety standards is still the most widely used method since Regulation 14 was implemented in 1992. Safety window films are completely clear and virtually invisible when installed.
Increase Glazing Visibility
The application of decorative window films or manifestation can also help to achieve compliancy by increasing the visibility of the high risk glazing. It may be in the form of broken or solid lines, patterns, or company logos.
How can ARC Window Films help me to achieve compliancy?
ARC Window Films can help you to achieve compliancy by;
- Performing a Glazing Audit to ascertain which areas of glazing need to be upgraded
- Installing Safety or Decorative Window Film to the glazing identified as unsafe and/or non compliant
- Provide Certification of conformity for the upgraded glazing
Once conformity is attained ARC Window Films provide you with a Glazing Certificate of conformity for you to display. The certificate can be referred to in the case of civil action or a glazing inspection from the HSE.
Remain compliant and you will be issued with a new certificate every year!
Call today to arrange a glazing audit
Call ARC Window Films today on 0333 800 2 400 and speak to one of our technical advisors and arrange a glazing audit to ensure compliancy for your glazing.