Health & Safety Compliance with Commercial Window Film
Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations (14) are retrospective, meaning that existing glass has to be made safe (or at least have a documented risk assessment in place) and qualifies as “impact-safe” or “safe-breaking” and clearly marked with manifestations. This means every piece of glass in commercial walls, doors, partitions and gates is affected and requires compliance to health and safety regulations, with a suitable programme of works. If you’re in any doubt about complying with Health and Safety regulations, Prism Protection can provide your commercial operation with:
- An on-site risk assessment
- Glazing surveys
- Detailed reports and documentation
- Budgetary costs and recommendations for upgrading your retail or office glass, without the disruption of removing your existing glass
Page 29 item 138 of the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations states "When assessing whether it is necessary for transparent or translucent surfaces in doors, gates, walls and partitions to be of a safety material or be adequately protected against breakage, pay particular attention to: a) in doors and gates, and door and gate side panels, where any part of the transparent or translucent surface is at shoulder level or below and b) in windows, walls and partitions, where any part of the transparent or translucent surface is at waist level or below, except in glasshouses where people are likely to be aware of the presence of glazing and avoid contact."
In the "Risks from Glazing" section in the The Health and Safety Executive guide, it explains "Health and social care providers must assess risks at their premises. Where assessment identifies the risk of falling against or through glazing, adequate precautions must be taken. These may include provision of suitable safety film, replacement with safety glass or provision of barriers. Glass doors and patio windows should also be fitted (in accordance with building regulations and British Standards) with toughened or safety glass or covered with a protective safety film."
Prism Protection, a SafeContractor accredited company, can install a completely clear, safety window film that will bring the existing glass up to the correct standards.Once installed we then apply safety marking, to show health and safety compliance. If large areas of glass require manifestation added, Prism can help you choose the style of design required and install to your specification and budget, to ensure that your staff and visitors are safe within your commercial premises.
What are Glass Manifestations?
Manifestation is the process of making glass apparent and visible by adding clear markings, so that people do not walk into it and cause themselves serious injury.
Markings added to the glass, such as dots, lines, graphics or logos will then make it compliant.
Glass doors and glazed screens will satisfy Requirements M1 or M2 of “Access into buildings other than dwellings” if:
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Glass entrance doors, where capable of being held open, are protected by guarding to prevent the leading edge constituting a hazard.
Images or graphics using the manifestation process provide a fast, simple and affordable resolution to legal health and safety compliance and building regulation requirements.
Protection from Solar Radiation
Solar UV control window film can be used within commercial buildings to help with health and safety compliance and working-environment challenges:
- Helping commercial offices and showrooms maintain a temperature-controlled environment for staff and customers in the summer, while reducing sun-glare
- Loss of staff and pupil alertness and productivity due to sun-glare in overly-heated rooms
- As a healthy alternative to using window blinds as they create a feeling of confinement in office environments
- Reducing heat-gain in corporate offices, due to extensive use of internal information technology
- Enabling energy costs to be managed through environmentally-friendly corporate governance
Item 75 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations for solar radiation also states that one of the ways that protection from solar radiation can be achieved is through shading (examples provided) or by using reflective materials, such as anti-reflective glazing, using window film or by upgrading the glazing already installed, although upgrading can be cost-prohibitive compared to film.
Why Choose Prism as Your Window Film Company?
Prism have worked with a selection of architects, specifiers and facilities management companies including Mitie, Stace, One Facility, Tesco Property, Ashe Construction, Hospitals Trust FM, Help FM and Bowmer and Kirkland. We can also help building contractors, architects and specifiers on new builds, renovations and refurbishment projects.
We’re dedicated to delivering the best service – we do this by combing professionalism, commitment, honesty and transparency, resulting in an advice service that spans 22 years of experience within the window film industry.
Why Choose Us?
- A variety of window film ideas and samples, each containing different metals, layers, base layers and adhesives to choose from, to suit every client’s needs
- Installed by a fully qualified professional
- Complete manufacturer’s warranty
- Extensive range of window film styles, patterns, textures and colours to match your corporate brand
- Film is used from some of the leading window film manufacturers in the world
- Maintenance free and easy to clean – just wipe with a moist sponge or cloth
- Long life span - up to 20 years - with “once-only” installation
- Applied to existing window glass
- ‘No business disruption’ installation including out-of-hours and weekend working
- Typically installed within 1 day, although larger commercial applications may take longer
- Rubbish removal – the environment we work in is left as it was, before we started the work
- Access to mobile window film installation equipment, used for heights inside and outside your premises
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