If you’re setting up a new business, or moving to new premises, there are a host of regulations and rules that you’ll need to think about, and regulation 14 is just one of them.
This particular rule is included in the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and relates to transparent or translucent surfaces such as windows, doors and partitions. The point of this particular regulation is to ensure these surfaces are properly protected against breakage - thereby protecting your staff and the public.
While any new building constructed for commercial purposes will feature glass that meets the required standards, older buildings may not, especially if they haven’t been used by a business in recent years.
The good news is that it’s possible to upgrade existing glazing with window films, rather than having to replace all the panes, which can be incredibly expensive.
If you are unsure whether the glass in your premises meets the required standard - it needs to be able to be approved following EN12600 European impact tests - you can get a specialist company to carry out a glass identification survey.
Not all your windows will necessarily need upgrading either. Under the legislation, it applies to windows less than 80cm above floor level, and doors that are up to 1.5m high, as well as a portion of any glass side panels that may surround them.
At Solartek we can assess your requirements and provide you with that comply with regulation 14, ensuring your business is protected in every eventuality.