Legislation for glass safety – what is required by law?

May 30, 2017

Do you have any full height glass in windows, partitions or doors in your property or workplace? If you do, it’s vital that you’re aware of the current regulations regarding glass safety. Manifestation of glazing is required in locations where there is a danger of people not being aware of the presence of the glass and therefore are at risk of colliding with it.

Locations where manifestation will be needed by law are large uninterrupted areas of transparent glazing that form part of the internal or external walls and doors, of shops, showrooms, offices, factories, public or other non-domestic buildings.

Manifestation, traditionally created used an acid etch or frosted film, can take several different forms. These include broken or solid lines, patterns, or even company logos and icons! Therefore, whilst it is a legal requirement, it can also add an extra dimension to the glazing and provides the opportunity to promote a brand further or bring more character to an interior.

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So which regulations do you need to be aware of?

Parts N1 and N2 of the The Building Regulations 2000, issued by the Secretary of State, cover the rules regarding Protection against Impact and Manifestation of Glazing. Glass entrance doors, glass screens and windows will satisfy N1 and N2 if:

  1. They are clearly defined with glass manifestation on the glass at two levels; between 850mm and 1000mm and between 1400mm and 1600mm above the floor, contrasting visually with the background seen through the glass (both inside and out) in all lighting conditions.
  1. Manifestation takes the form of logo or sign at least 150mm high (repeated if on a glazed screen), or a decorative feature such as broken lines or continuous bands, at least 50mm high.

Here at Stansons Group we take pride in our extensive range of services, one of which is providing a full, effective and safety compliant window manifestation solution.

Our graphics and printing team work closely with clients from all sectors to incorporate manifestation with company logos, graphics, or other bespoke patterns in full colour. This ensures their glazing is compliant with these regulations whilst maintaining the desired aesthetic.

Take a look at our case study for HSBC, where we provided effective and compliant window manifestation.