Glazing Risks - Regulation 14

John Knowlden, Director, KTIB

All low level glazing where employees or the public are likely to come into contact should where necessary be of safety material or be protected against breakage.

These are requirements of Regulation 14 and those of Document N (fourth impressions) of the 1991 Building Regulations, reflected in the British Standards Code of Practice BS6262 Part 4 1994, and enforced by Health & Safety Statutes.

Failure to address these regulations could result in :

  • Corporate manslaughter charges where a fatality occurs
  • Unlimited penalties where injuries are sustained

What you should do
We recommend you undertake a detailed review of your premises to identify the relevant glass, determine what needs upgrading and design an implementation programme.

Sometimes these can be enhanced to meet BSEN12600 by the application of non-abrasive safety film. A robust screen or barrier may also be adequate to prevent a falling person coming into contact with glass.

Only the critical locations which form or are part of the internal and external walls and doors of shops, showrooms, offices, factories, public or other nondomestic building need to be reviewed.
This applies to all glazing where any part is below 800mm in height and if it is within or adjacent to a door all glazing up to 1500mm.

What is meant by safety material?
Regulation 14 clearly states that laminated glass, toughened glass and annealed glass of the correct thickness are all suitable.


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