Glass manifestation graphics will make any glass panel become apparent to avoid impact and injury. Also known as fenestration, glass and window manifestation is a legal requirement with reference to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulation.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make windows and other glass structures manifest for health and safety purposes is to use Window Films with glass manifestation graphics, such as decorative patterns or branding. Sureguard Window Films® specialises in providing Window Films for glass manifestation, helping companies and public sector organisations become and remain compliant with regulations.
Glass Manifestation: The Legal Regulations
Glass manifestation graphics is a legal requirement in areas where there is a risk of human impact (Workplace Health & Safety Welfare Approved code of practice L24 Regulation 14). The requirements are also incorporated in Building Regulations BS 6262 Part 4 Safety.
These regulations relate to the glazing manifestation of internal and external walls in public or non-domestic buildings known as critical locations. It is in such areas that glass manifestation graphics must be applied. This may take the form of broken or solid lines, manifestation dots and other patterns, or company logos with a gap no wider than 400mm between each manifestation.
Requirement M and Glass Manifestation
On May 1st, 2004, a regulation titled Document M (Access to and Use of Buildings, 2004 edition) was issued. This refers to critical locations in new buildings and refurbishments of existing buildings. Active from this date, it is a duty of care that states the following:
Glass entrance doors and glazed screens will satisfy Requirement M if:
- They are clearly defined with manifestation on the glass at two levels, 850 to 1000mm, 1400 and 1600mm above the floor, contrasting visually with the background seen through the glass (both sides from inside and outside) in all lighting conditions.
- Manifestation takes the form of a logo or sign at least 50mm high (repeated on glazed screens) or a decorative feature such as broken lines or continuous bands at least 50mm high.
Partition graphics installed to glazed screens is a simple and cost effective way to upgrade glass in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995.
The Disability Discrimination Act works to protect people with disabilities – including blind and partially sighted people – from discrimination.
Whether you are looking for standard frosted dots/squares or striped vinyl manifestation applied to office glass partitions to provide privacy, manifestation & environmental graphics. Our machine cut glass manifestation graphics service is semi-permanent, cost effective and visually appealing. Installation is carried out with minimal (if any) disruption to building users.
We also offer digitally printed manifestation meaning that the most intricate design can be digitally printed onto frosted, clear or coloured vinyl.
By combining print and cut technology we can assist you in creating an ideal solution for glazed partition screens. We can use your artwork or work with you to create an effect, allowing you the opportunity to incorporate branding, landscape, landmarks, etc, all while ensuring compliance with current DDA regulations.
Any full height glass in windows, partitions or doors, must be marked correctly with glass manifestation to make sure that it is made apparent. Glass manifestation graphics are designed to help make glass obvious and prevent injury should somebody walk into the glass.
Building Regulations (E&W) Approved Document M states that glass entrance doors and glass screens will satisfy requirement M1 or M2 if:
- a) They are clearly defined with glass manifestation on the glass at two levels; between 850–1000 mm and between 1400–1600 mm above the floor, contrasting visually with the background seen through the glass (both inside and out) in all lighting conditions.
- b) Manifestation takes the form of logo or sign at least 150 mm high (repeated if on a glazed screen), or a decorative feature such as broken lines or continuous bands, at least 50 mm high.
Glass Manifestation Graphics from Sureguard Window Films®
We offer bespoke or off the shelf solutions for glass manifestation graphics, from decorative elements to full window branding. Both of these will aid you to fulfil vital health and safety requirements, for instance if you have:
- A shopfront
- An internal partition screen
- Floor to ceiling windows
- Glass entrance doors
- Other expanses of glass
Get in touch with us with your ideas for glass manifestation graphics or if you have a question about this service. If you’re looking to improve the safety levels of your windows and glass elements, you may also be interested in our Bomb Blast Window Film range, which provides anti-shatter protection against attacks and vandalism.