safety glass regulations

The Building Regulations, Approved Document N details acceptable standards for glazing materials and protection, including the critical areas shown in Figure which require safety glazing.

The critical locations are defined as follows:

  • glass within 800 mm of the finished floor;
  • glass within 1 500 mm of the finished floor and contained in a door or adjacent side panel.

Glazing is accepted as safe if it satisfies one of the following definitions:

  • It has ‘safe break’ characteristics determined in BS 6206: Specification for impact performance requirements for flat safety glass and safety plastics for use in buildings.
  • It is robust or in small panes (see below).
  • It is permanently protected by a screen

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