School Safety

How safe is the glass in your school?

Nursery Schools, University Campus or anywhere in between – there is a duty of care to make sure all the glass in your buildings is safe, secure, and legally compliant.

The risk of serious accident or injury from collision with glass is more heightened in an educational establishment than an office, public building or other workplace as young people are far more active and less aware of the potential for danger.

Most glass tends to look very similar – so the only way to be sure your glass is fit-for-purpose is to have it professionally surveyed.

Durable’s Glazing Audit does exactly this.
We check all your glass that falls within regulations, provide a full report on our findings, and suggest the best and most effective solutions to any problems we find.

Once the work is done, we issue a Glazing Compliance Certificate.

  • We have completed nearly 10,000 glazing Audits for educational establishments*
  • We have over 50 years experience dealing with glass
  • We are the oldest window film company in Europe

Legal requirement

Until an incident occurs many organisations are not aware that the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation 14 legally enforces that building occupiers ensure all their glazing, considered at risk of breakage through impact, should be glazed with a compliant product to reduce the threat of serious injury.

We have completed Glazing Audits for county councils, local boroughs, academy groups, colleges, universities, and individual schools – with compliance certificates being issued to thousands of sites.

To illustrate how Regulation 14 impacts an education property and what is required to comply with its requirements we have created a guide specifically for education properties.

[Download the Guide here]

And to help you identify areas for concern we have produced a handy checklist too.

[Download the Checklist here]

 

Durable’s comprehensive glass audit can highlight issues which may go un-noticed and could be vital.

For a consultation and to find out how we can help you with your glass safety – call Durable today on 0118 989 5200 or email info@durable.co.uk

Glass safety in school – guidebook

Durable’s handy guide to school glass safety gives you more detailed information.
Some of the aspects covered are summarised below:

Regulation 14 requires education properties such as schools to highlight all the glazing they consider to be at risk of breakage through impact of a body or object that could create a risk of injury to their pupils and staff.

Over thirty years working with council Health & Safety advisors we have developed a thorough understanding of these risks – which have mainly been based on recorded incidents of glass breakage in education properties.

In an office this could be doors that people regularly use. In a school this could be windows that face playgrounds, corridor glazing up to two metres, sports hall glass, and many other areas.  The guidebook illustrates more of these potential risk areas in detail.

A survey is required to identify whether the glass will break safely [such as laminate glass] or present a hazard if broken [such as float glass].

As glass looks the same to the eye – special testing equipment is required to identify the glass type.

A written report of the survey findings identifies where glass complies and where it does not. Our Glazing Audit report provides this information – and become the school’s record of any risks should an incident occur or if OFSTED request it.

Where the glass is hazardous it will require remedial action, such as installing safety film.

Whilst modern schools will typically have less glass that requires remedial action – older schools can have significant volumes of glass which does not comply, or may have previously installed ‘old’ film which may no longer be fit for purpose.

Our Glazing Audit reports split into high, medium, and low ratings – so that the highest risk glass is protected first. This allows the protection of this harmful glass to be prioritised, which means scheduling and upgrading work can be budgeted for over a number of years.

We issue our insurance-backed Compliance Certificate after all the upgrading works are completed. These can be shown to OFSTED or a Health & Safety inspector to confirm the upgrading works have been completed.

The glazing audit reports should be updated whenever glazing is replaced. If this is not the case a new glazing audit should be completed every five years.

When it comes to the safety and security of your glass – we really are the people to talk to.

For a consultation and to find out how we can help you with your glass safety – call Durable today on 0118 989 5200 or email info@durable.co.uk