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Regulation 14

Call GP Systems today for assistance on Regulation 14!

regulation 14 - certificate

Display your Glazing Certificate of Conformity with the knowledge that you meet Regulation 14.

Stay compliant and you will be issued with a new certificate every year.

Regulation 14 states that:

Every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall or partition and every transparent or translucent surface in a door or gate shall, where necessary for reasons of health and safety:

  • be of safety material or be protected against breakage of the transparent or translucent material;
  • be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent.

Regulation 14 is a legal obligation to manage and control the risks from glass

This means that glass must be:

  • Safe from breakage
  • Visible to avoid accidental collision

Regulation 14 imposes, on those responsible, a duty to undertake a risk assessment of their glazing in critical locations

We are increasingly living in a blame culture. Those who fail to meet the law and their employers face:

  • Civil action in the event of an injury.
  • Improvement and Prohibition (closure) Notices.
  • Inspections across all sites within your employer's control.
  • Loss of professional reputation, fines and potentially a jail term.

Does it apply to me?

  • Commercial and public sector buildings
  • Schools & Education
  • I am a duty holder, director, manager or headmaster
  • No risk assessment of the glass
  • No permanent record of glass types or improvements

GP Systems helps you through every step of meeting the legislation

Assessments made in the past were rarely detailed enough for today's needs. In many cases, just the work required was documented and typically only Risk Codes 1 and 2 were considered. Risk Codes 3, 4 and 5 are now deemed just as critical.

Diagram A below shows the risk codes in action. Regulation 14 does not specify a type of grading system so we have adopted the BS6262 standard, which addresses critical areas that are statistically more dangerous.

regulation 14 - diagram A

RISK 1: From floor to 150cm high in any door or opening incorporating glass and 30cm either side of the door or opening if its structure includes glass.

RISK 2: From floor to 80cm high in any structure incorporating glass.

RISK 3: Glazed balustrades.

RISK 4: Glazing in and around wet areas such as swimming pools and showers.

RISK 5: In any other area where the activity or type of person exposed to the glazing make it potentially hazardous.

regulation 14 - diagram B

Diagram B - Glass must be seen before it is felt. We use the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 of Document M of the Building Regulations as the approach to make glass seen.

Glazing Audit

Q: Why Document?

A: Demonstrate that you have taken the appropriate steps in the event of civil action or an inspection.

A: The duty holder, director or manager may change role and take valuable knowledge with them. Keeping a record ensures that there is a smooth transition to the new person responsible for Regulation 14.

A: Usage in the space adjacent to the glass changes resulting in a greater risk of injury.

What is a glazing audit?

A glazing audit is the process of inspecting and recording details about glass in a building, including the type of glass, risk code and size of pane. It is then documented in what will be your living document.

Integrate with your asset management system

Let us know and we will facilitate cross-referencing the glass with your asset management system.

What is the remedy?

A range of solutions is available from:

 Filming the window


 Installing the Ultimate Solution which also improves heat, glare and energy consumption.

Regulation 14 Overview

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Sustainable Compliance

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We can help

Call 0845 003 7260 for a no-obligation discussion about your implementation. An expert is available who is there to help you, or contact us online:

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