Safety Glass Regulations for Windows & Doors

Safety glass is a fantastic material and can be used in a wide range of applications throughout the home. However, to ensure that it not only looks beautiful but is also safe for the entire family, then you need to ensure that you are using the right specification glass and installing it correctly. 

We know the importance of safety glass recommendations, which is why we have taken a closer look to help you. These safety glass regulations cover the types of glass that can be installed in your doors and windows. 

In order to comply with building regulations, then you must ensure that safety glass is in place in key areas to protect individuals from injury such as cuts or piercing. These areas include essential places such as doors, side panels, windows and low-level glass. 

Safety glass should be fitted to all doors, windows or glazed areas that are lower than 800mm from the ground. For glass panels that are under 250mm in width, they can be fitted with laminated glass or 6mm thickness glass rather than toughened glass. 

Other areas that will require toughened glass include:

  1. Glazed doors 

Doors which feature glass that is within 1,500mm of the ground. For smaller panes, 6mm annealed glass can still be used. 

  1. Glazing next to doors 

Toughened glass will also need to be used for any windows that are within 300mm of the edge of the door and less than 1,500mm from the ground. 

  1. Low level windows 

You will also need to use toughened glass for any windows that are under 800mm from floor level. 

  1. Bathroom 

Another popular area for toughened glass is the bathroom, particularly in bath and shower screens or where there is a risk of slipping on a wet floor. 

  1. Protective barriers

Any balconies or balustrades on your landing or stairway will also need toughened glass. 

  1. Furniture and cabinets 

Furniture such as tables, cabinets, shelving systems or free standing mirrors will need to be made from toughened glass to ensure that they remain safe for users. 

Please note:

Any information provided on this page is a summary and should not be considered an authoritative statement of building law and should only be treated as guidance. You should refer to the exact legislation for detailed information. 

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