Like an invisible shield, security films offer protection from broken glass when accidents occur at home and at work
Like an invisible shield, security films offer protection from broken glass when accidents occur at home and at work. When ordinary annealed glass breaks, it poses considerable danger. The shattered pieces become daggers that can cause serious injury or even death. Engineered with powerful adhesives, security films reduce the hazard of broken glass by keeping the pieces together and safely attached to the film.
When Mother Nature loses her temper, devastation and loss is sure to follow. Glass is always one of the first casualties during a hurricane, tornado or earthquake. During violent weather when glass breaks, wind, rain and flying debris are given full access to your home or office, causing property damage and destruction.
Security films are Mother Nature's match. Able to withstand extraordinary wind and force, security film helps prevent entry of water and wind-borne debris, providing superior protection 24-hours a day. Disasters can strike with little or no warning; security films are always ready.
Windows and doors are the most vulnerable parts of your home or place of business. They are points of entry for criminals and smash-and-grab thieves. Glass is an inviting target for vandals intent on mischief or worse. Alarms and security systems are helpful, but provide little protection from experienced or determined intruders. With security films, intruders cannot readily penetrate the glass, even by striking it with a heavy implement. Usually they become discouraged and quickly depart for some easier target.
In an instant, an explosion can fire broken glass fragments at lethal speeds. Research conducted after explosions, points to flying and broken glass as one of the main causes of death or injury. While nothing can completely protect against powerful explosions, security films have proven their effectiveness in these moments of extreme danger.
The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Approved Code of Practice Regulation 14 and Building Regulation BS6262 make it a legal requirement for all glazing to be impact safe and clearly marked.
These regulations are designed as a health and safety concern to try and prevent serious injuries to anyone accidentally colliding with glazing they didn't realise was there causing concussion or breaking the glass causing lacerations. Regulation 14 goes on to lay down a range of details of the legal requirements of impact resistance, highlighting the potential of an anti-shatter safety window film:
1. Every window or glazed area in a wall, partition, door or gate shall be of safety material or be protected against breakage, i.e. it should not break on impact or should break safely.
2. Safety glazing material must meet BS 6206 Class B in doors and side panels over 900mm wide, and Class C in those less than 900mm wide. Low level glazing must meet a minimum of BS 6206 Class C.
3. This entails the use of laminated, toughened or safety-wired glass, or plastic glazing sheet that meet BS 6206, or glass with plastic film applied so that the pane of glass with the film meets BS 6206 Class A or B.
Regulation 14 also provides details on the clear marking of glazing using window manifestations which we provide a complete service on installing;
1. Existing glazing must be appropriately marked or featured so as to make it apparent and thus avoid the risk of collision because it is not properly visible. In particular, large uninterrupted areas of glazing where people might reasonably think they can walk straight through.
2. "Critical locations" is the term given to describe of internal and external walls, doors and partitioning which are of primary concern in terms of glazing safety.
3. Critical locations on glazing are between the finished floor level and 1500mm (shoulder height) above that level in doors and in side panels which fall within 300mm of either edge of the door.
4. Between the finished floor level and 800mm (waist height) above that level in the case of walls, partitions and windows.
5 It is important to note that any part of a glass pane affected must meet the requirements in its entirety and not just in the relevant section.