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Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by Ewangoil » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:45 am

BS 6262 part 4 is the code of practice for safety related to human impact, However it only really mentions when glass is manufactured or installed. It doesn't mention whether existing glazing also has to confirm to this BS or whether it only applies if and when the glass is replaced. I know common sense says that film can be applied to glass to ensure it complies but i'm looking for the definitive answer to whether existing glazing falls under the category of BS 6262.
Can anyone advise?

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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by bernicarey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:19 pm

No matter what the subject/topic, British Standards only apply to the manufacture, installation, maintenance etc of anything after the date of the BS.

So there is nothing to stop me still using a BS1363 13 Amp UK Plug made in the 1980s. It will still fit, but it won't have the insulation around the Live/Neutral pins that came in during the 1990s.

The same applies to Building Regulations, they are only applicable to construction after the date the regulation changed or was introduced. Unless a specific law comes into force to state otherwise.

In your case, BS6262-4 was first published in 1994, being superseded in 2005 and again in 2018.

So what is your actual problem?
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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by Ewangoil » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:33 pm

I have a client who has leased a property that will be used for staff accommodation. The main front window is less than 800mm from floor level and is standard glass. He wants to know if he (or the owner) has to do anything now to ensure the glass is compliant or whether it only applies if and when it gets replaced?

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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by bernicarey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:23 pm

Well this is where the generic Risk Assessment of the premises comes into place.

I'd class it as falling under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Reg 14
Windows, and transparent or translucent doors, gates and walls

14.—(1) 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 or safety

(a)be of safety material or be protected against breakage of the transparent or translucent material; and

(b)be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent.
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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by Ewangoil » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:55 pm

I did look at that but wasn't sure as it's not a workplace? One angle i did think was relevant was section 3 and 4 of the HASAWA 1974. The landlord being the employer or self employed and having a duty of care towards persons other than employees? Would that then place a duty on the landlord to ensure his property was safe?


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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by bernicarey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:27 pm

You said 'staff accommodation' therefore it is connected to their employment.
Equally, it is responsibility towards others.
If you want to view it as the responsibilities of Landlords, when letting property, then see here: https://www.gov.uk/renting-out-a-property
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Re: Does BS 6262 apply to existing glazing?

Post by Ewangoil » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:13 am

Thanks for your help Bernicarey

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