Identifying "Critical Locations" in your home
The shaded areas (Figure I ) are critical locations which require the use of safety glass.These are:
Those areas of internal and external walls that are considered _critical locations' in terms of safety are:
- Between the finished floor level and I 5OOmm above that level in doors and in side panels which are within 3OOmm of either edge of the door.
- Between the finished floor level and SOOmm above that level in the case of windows not included in a) above.
- Glazing in Bathing Areas:
Any glazing forming part of a bath or shower screen, or located adjacent to, or surrounding, a bath, swimming pool, or other associated wet areas, constitutes a potential danger because of the possibility of a person slipping on a wet surface, In these cases, all glazing should be Safety Glazing conforming to BS 6262-4:2005.
A window within SOOmm of the bottom of a bath or shower should be safety glass.
How to check for visible markings on safety glass
The marking requirements have recently changed.The visible markings on each piece of safety glazing within critical locations' (see below) must be clearly and indelibly marked with:
The glass product standard which the glass complies with e.g.
BS EN 12 I 50, BS EN I 4 I 79, BS EN I 4449
The classification following testing to BS EN 12600.
This will be Class 1 ,2 or 3.
The name or trade mark of the manufacturer.
Old System (obsolete)
The British Standard number BS 6206.
The category of safety glass being used e.g. Class A, Class B or Class C.
The name, trade mark or other identification mark of the manufacturer, merchant or installer.