Regulation 14 - Health, Safety and Welfare (Workplace) act 1992
What is Regulation 14?
Regulation 14 is part of the Health, Safety, and Welfare (Workplace) act 1992, and covers glass safety in workplaces, schools, hospitals, and public buildings. The intention is to make sure that all glass and transparent surfaces meet relevant safety standards, specifically in key ‘risk areas’ as outlined in BS6262 part 4.
The safety standards are intended to ensure that building users and occupants are protected from the risk of injury from broken glass. It is the responsibility of the building occupants, employers, and by extension, the building owners to ensure that the relevant safety standards regarding glass are met, or risk potential legal action if any injury occurs due to negligence in this area.
A risk assessment will form part of this compliance, to show that all eventualities have been taken into consideration, and sufficient action has been taken to make glass safe in your building.
How can Solar Sentry help?
As window film experts, we can supply and professionally install approves safety window film to upgrade existing glazing to meet the relevant Regulation 14 glass safety standards required under this legislation. This is a much more cost effective, environmentally friendly, and efficient way to upgrade glass to meet the safety standards, without the disruption of replacing the glass.
How do I know if my glass is compliant?
It can be complicated and time consuming to work out which glass areas need to be of a safety material, which don’t, which are already, and which aren’t. This is why Solar Sentry offer a service called “Clearly Safe” to demystify Regulation 14, and offer a simple, straightforward glass safety survey, assist with glazing risk assessments, and implement any upgrade works that are required. We take care of as much of the work as possible for you!
Sounds great! What is the process?
The first step is a free of charge consultation and pre-survey fact find, to work out the scope and size of the survey required, and answer and questions you might have.
From there, we will let you know how long a survey should take – uniquely, this is charged by the half-day, at very competitive rates, and apart from the upgrade works themselves, is the only costed part of the whole process. We will then arrange a convenient time to conduct the glass safety survey and get to work.
After the survey, one of our glass safety experts will talk you through the findings in a further consultation, and, with your help, transform the survey into a glass safety risk assessment and action plan.
Depending on the findings, various recommendations will be made; from upgrading glass with safety window film, to other solutions such as changing the glass (in rare circumstances).
Anyone who has had a ‘Clearly Safe’ glass safety survey will receive a special discounted rate on the upgrade / compliance works if window film is used to make the glass compliant with the Regulation 14 standards.
It is recommended that the risk assessment is kept up to date, so as part of Clearly Safe, we offer a ‘check back’ service after a number of years, dependant on the building usage etc.
As you can see, we try to make this process as easy and painless for our customers.
Why choose Solar Sentry?
Our in-house Regulation 14 expertise comes from over 15 year industry experience and countless surveys and safety film upgrades. We are proud members of the Glass and Glazing Federation, and consult on Regulation 14 matters with industry bodies on a regular basis.
Our unique approach to Regulation 14 means it is the simplest way to achieve compliance, and our friendly team will keep you informed every step of the way.
Get in touch today to find out more, or to book your free, no obligation consultation, so we can help you stay ‘Clearly Safe’