Is your School’s glass fit for class?Posted on - March 17, 2018
Most schools and colleges have a lot of windows and glazed areas.
It helps to let as much natural daylight in — making for an up-beat positive atmosphere and creating an environment conducive to learning.
But kids and glass are a recipe for potential trouble.
Glass is inherently dangerous, and when cracked, broken or smashed can cause serious injury.
You need to be absolutely sure your glass is safe.
But with so much glass around — how can you find out?
Simple — a glass audit from Durable provides you with a complete picture, suggests steps & solutions to remedy any areas that could present risks, and highlights issues which may go un-noticed and could be vital.
All areas of glass really ought to be surveyed to make sure they are safe and fit-for-purpose.
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Glass Safety Check-list
Here are some basic questions about glass safety. If your answer is ‘no’ or ‘don’t know’ to any of these — then you could be at risk. You have a duty of care to protect your students, colleagues and visitors and prevent accidents and injury where ever possible.
- Have you have had window film fitted in the past?
- How long ago?
- Is it still effective and legally compliant?
- Was all the glass in your building treated?
- Do you know if the other glass in your building is safe?
- Have there been breakages or refurbishments to glass?
- Is any new/replacement glass safe and fit-for-purpose?
- Does all your glass comply with Regulation 14?
A Durable Glass Audit identifies and records your glass and provides a risk appraisal. From this we can produce a full report itemising all the issues, areas of concern etc — along with solutions and options which will rectify them through a thorough remedial programme — including the specification and installation of any appropriate window films.
When it comes to the safety and security of your glass — we really are the people to talk to.
All glass is measured, recorded and, through consultation, we can help your school recognise the risks.
Any existing window film is similarly appraised. We then put a plan together to ensure your glass meets all requirements, is legal, compliant and safe.
Many older schools may have no film, old film that needs replacing or have glass that has been replaced during refurbishments or after breakage. The case is often one of just not knowing. A Durable Glass Audit is the solution.
There are so many areas where glass can be a problem, unsafe and down right dangerous.
Anyone falling against glass that shatters is exposed to the potential of serious injury.
Toughened glass can spontaneously shatter (‘spontaneous glass breakage’). The shear weight of toughened glass makes this particularly dangerous in overhead glass such as atria.
Peace of mind
If in doubt why not contact us?
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Durable are the oldest window film company in Europe.
There isn’t much we don’t know about glass.
Window Film may be the answer.
The latest hi-tech products are brilliantly simple and effective.
They are relatively quick and easy to install, cause minimum impact on surrounding infrastructure — and can often be installed out of school-time to ensure lessons are not adversely affected.
Importantly, window film is also very cost effective.
All our film is also protected by a solid manufacturer’s guarantee.
Privacy film can be an effective solution and aid for visual security.
Equipment and valuables are hidden from view minimising the risk for opportunistic break-ins.
Students are also less likely to be distracted — helping concentration and focus.
Window film provides a high level of privacy whilst maintaining maximum natural daylight.
Heat & Glare management
During the spring and summer months the heat can be unbearable.
Amplified and trapped by your windows — the sun’s rays not only make it extremely uncomfortable, but can affect concentration and productivity too.
At other times the glare and brightness can make classrooms almost unusable. Sun gets into eyes and renders screens, tablets, phones and white-boards completely useless.
Not only can window film address your health and safety concerns — but, it’s great for dealing with heat and glare issues too!
Solar Control window film can cut out heat and glare by up to 80% and harmful UV rays by up to 99% — leaving you cool in the classroom.