Glazing Risk Assessments (Safety & Compliance)
Glazing compliance audits assess the risk of all the glazing, or glass panels, in a building to ensure compliance with legislation, identifying areas of risk, and proposing remedial works to rectify serious issues or to put methods in place to mitigate the risk of accident.
Why do we need to survey Glazing?
Many people are injured each year though, being in-contact with broken Glazing.
Glazing is a fragile surface and it is critical that it has been located correctly to its local environment. Regulation 14 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lays down a duty to ensure that building users are not put at risk by the breakage of glazing materials, so that such materials either if they break, break safely, or are not by their nature capable of being broken.
To manage this effectively an assessment of the installed Glazing should be carried out; quantifying the non-compliant glazing. Guidance documents such as BS:6262 part 4 Code of practice for safety related to human impact (2005) can be used as guidance. Any Glazing found to be non-compliant should be either replaced or made safe.
How can NIFES help?
NIFES Consulting Group can undertake an assessment of all your Glazing components, checking the compliance of each against:
- Protection Against Impact
- Glazing Type
- Manifestation of Glazing
- Glazing Thickness
- Safe operation of windows, skylights & ventilators etc.
- Safe access for cleaning
- Safe opening and closing
- Disabled access
- Condition of Framing
- Surface Treatment
- Use of Glazing
- Size of Air Gap: Double/Triple
- Window Restrictor Compliance
- Thermal Rating
- Guarding Requirements
- Suitability of Location
- Location of Glazing
- Unique reference number
Compliance data is gathered using electronic tools, ensuring consistency of results between different surveyors. From these data readouts, an assessment of the condition and risk for each facet element is determined automatically by the software, derived from calculations made against the size, thickness and glass type data input.
The types of glazing requiring assessment include:
- Windows, Skylights and ventilators
- Glass panels and dividers
- Glass tables, desks and similar surfaces
- Glazed conservatories
- Shower doors and panels
- Other glass components
Data can be provided in many formats such as: Spreadsheet, Word Document or integrated into a Maintenance Database. Photographic images can be provided to assist with: location, non-conformances and special situations. A linked CAD drawing can be produced, that will show the location and the unique reference number of each glazing panel.
Furthermore, remedial actions to comply with Legislation, complete with costs, risk priorities and an action plan can also be provided as part of the assessment, providing a holistic service approach to your risk assessment.
NIFES are experienced in managing risk assessment and consequent remedial projects from conception to completion. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.