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SAFETY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW

GLASS SURFACE PROBLEMS AND GLASS FILM SOLUTIONS

Glass, the most widely used element in modern construction and architecture, can be extremely dangerous and in the event of breakage is constantly underestimated in relation to the damage it can cause to people or property. Bursts, violent shocks, vandalism, explosions, but also simple accidental breakages can cause serious injuries to people or damage the surrounding environment.

However, it is important to have an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of glass in order to deal with glass problems in a professional manner. Highly professional staff should be used.

The safety of glass surfaces in workplaces is mandatory as prescribed by Legislative Decree 81/2008.

Legislative Decree 81/2008, known as the 'Consolidated Safety Act', came into force on 15 May 2008 and regulates the field of health and safety protection of workers in the workplace.

With regard to glazed surfaces, the Consolidation Act lists a number of articles:

Paragraph 1.3.6. of the Consolidated Text (Annex IV): Transparent or translucent walls, in particular completely glazed walls, in rooms or in the vicinity of workplaces and circulation routes shall be clearly marked and made of safety materials up to a height of one metre above the floor, or be separated from the aforementioned workplaces and circulation routes in such a way that workers cannot come into contact with the walls or be injured if they are shattered. Where safety equipment is used up to a height of 1 metre above the floor, this height shall be increased where this is necessary in view of the risk of workers being injured in the event of it being broken.

Paragraph 1.6.11 of the Consolidated Text (Annex IV): If the transparent or translucent surfaces of doors and gates are not made of safety materials and there is a risk that workers may be injured if these surfaces break, they shall be protected against breakthrough.

The articles are explicit; they oblige the securing of glass surfaces to avoid serious injury to persons.

UNI 7697/2015 (point 1 - Purpose and scope): This standard provides the criteria for the choice of glazing to be used, both indoors and outdoors, so that, in the intended use, the compliance between the performance of the glazing and the minimum requirements necessary for the safety of users is ensured.

The ISPELS guidelines on the implementation of these articles state: "[...] a safety film can be applied, assessing the most suitable type to be used when choosing the type".

When assessing the adaptation of the glass surface or its replacement, further factors must be taken into account. Replacing plain glass with laminated glass involves a number of issues that are often overlooked, and in the event of an accident or injury, the intervention does not comply with regulations.

The UNI standards state:

UNI 7697 (point 5 - Laying of the sheets): Frames and retaining grooves must not compromise the characteristics and performance of the glazing.

UNI 6534 (point 3.3 - Windows and doors): The windows and doors must be constructed in such a way as to be sufficiently solid in relation to the mass of the sheets, the expected stresses and mechanical wear. 

When designing a window or door, the thickness, size and weight of the glass is first determined and then a suitable window or door is made.
Obviously, replacing normal 3 mm glass with laminated glass involves problems that should not be underestimated. In most cases, this also means replacing the frame itself, which involves considerable costs, considering the various building works involved.       

THE SOLUTION

MADICO safety films, thanks to advanced research, allow the "safety" of any glazing, which is compulsory in workplaces as prescribed by the Consolidation Act Legislative Decree 9 April 2008, n.81. and various UNI EN ISO standards of reference, thus allowing to change a normal glass in a "safety glass" of different types:

>> LAMINATED SAFETY GLASS
>> SAFETY GLASS AGAINST MANUAL ATTACK
>> SAFETY GLASSES ANTI-PROJECTIVE GLASSES
>> SAFETY GLASS RESISTANT TO PRESSURE CAUSED BY EXPLOSION - ANTI-BOMB GLAZING

Each film can be applied to existing glass panes in a simple, fast, safe and cost-effective way, without having to modify the frames or interrupt normal work.

The Legislative Decree 81/2008 "Consolidated Act" in addition to the safety of glazing also takes into account the microclimate in work areas, on glazed surfaces mentions some articles among them:

Paragraph 1.9.2.4 of the Consolidated Act
(Annex IV): Windows, skylights and glazed walls must be such as to avoid excessive sunlight in workplaces, taking into account the type of activity and the nature of the workplace. An ideal micro-climate must be created in the workplace, avoiding excessive sunlight.

As well as securing any glass, Madico films can also improve climatic conditions in the workplace. The safety range includes several types of film:

Neutral

With just one film, a simple pane of glass can be made safe.

Reflective
A single film is used to safely adapt simple glass, reflecting sunlight and glare.

Sputtered
A single film is used to safely adapt external glazing, reflecting sunlight and glare with greater transparency.

Coloured
A single film is used to safely adjust the glass, making it colourful.

Opaque
A single film safely adjusts the glass, making it opaque for privacy.

For outdoor use neutral
With just one film you can safely adjust the glass.

Outdoor reflective
One film safely adjusts the glass, reflecting radiation.

All Madico safety films have been tested, inspected and certified, as evidenced by the certificates of the tests they have undergone.

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