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#1 Posted : 13 May 2001 06:55:00(UTC)
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Posted By Robert Dee
Do shop fronts with older plate glass windows all have to be changed to laminated or reinforced glass if they do not meet the thickness and size standards set out in the regs?I have had differing views from EHOs around the Country. Thanks
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#2 Posted : 14 May 2001 08:27:00(UTC)
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Posted By Ken Taylor
I think the problem with this one is that, whereas new build has to follow Approved Document N to the Building Regulations, existing glazing is a matter for assessment under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regs - which require safety material or protection against breakage 'where necessary for reasons of health and safety'. This is inevitably a matter of judgement by the employer, local EHOs and ultimately the Courts. I suspect that much shop-front glass meets the standards when thickness is compared with area but, where not, my own inclination is to 'err on the side of caution' where reasonably practicable.
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