Bolted Glass Containment Systems Reduce the Dangers Caused by Accidental or Spontaneous Glass Breakage
Property management, health and safety and risk assessment professionals are well aware of the dangers that glass failure – particularly overhead windows – can cause in busy public areas. Whether the breakage is spontaneous or accidental there is significant danger to people and property, therefore bolted glass containment systems may be the solution to these dangers.
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Bolted Glass containment Systems have distinct advantages.
Toughened glass tends to be the preferred glass used by both architects and main contractors due to it being more cost effective and lighter than laminated glass but unlike laminated glass which if broken tends to stay in one piece (like a car windscreen) and unlike ordinary float glass which when broken goes into sharp pointed shards toughened glass breaks into thousands of small pieces so therefore a professionally installed bolted glass containment system will hold the broken glass that has fractured together and in place, preventing it from falling and causing injury or further damage to people or property.
There can be an integral fault in the manufacturing process of some toughened glass. The inclusion of nickel sulphate can cause the glass to become brittle and spontaneously break without warning, posing potential risks to the general public. Ideally all glass should be replaced, but this is prohibitively expensive.