Barriers & Guarding

Where glazing forms a large part of a wall, is used in balustrades, or acts as a free-standing barrier, regulatory requirements require that it protects people from harm. This is one of the most critical functions of glazing in the built environment.

Glass in its annealed form, is a brittle and fragile material, and breakage can result in large, sharp fragments capable of causing piercing and cutting injuries, leaving a void through which someone can fall.

Poor design can expose those in and around a building to risk, and it’s a part of every designer’s duty to ensure that those risks are reduced, if not negated. With processing technologies available glass can be transformed into a safer more stable material, which even when fractured will cause minimal harm.

Understanding how glass behaves, before and after fracture can help a designer understand how to achieve the regulatory requirements imposed on structures, and even exceed those requirements. The safety of all those who may come into contact with, or be in the proximity, of your design, should always be the most critical consideration.

Browse the documents to understand requirements and solutions for glass in guarding applications.

Applied Loads

Balustrade Infill Panels

Building Regulations

Calculation Techniques

Codes & Guidance

Free-Standing Barriers

Full-Height Barriers

Limit State Design for Glass & Glaz...

Limit State Design vs. Permissible ...


Permissible Stresses for Glass

Risk Assessments

SGBG Guidance for Low Risk Design

Support Conditions