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Glass warning over fire safety

Glass warning over fire safety

Glass and Glazing Federation | Glass and Glazing Federation

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Untested fire safety components could pose a risk, according to glass industry.

Concerns with fire safety glazing systems have been raised by the Glass and Glazing Federation’s Fire Resistant Glazing Group.

They are calling on ministers to support their five-point code of core governing principles, covering all glass and glazing system products that have the stated purpose for safety in case of fire.

Kevin Hulin of Mann McGowan, who chairs the group, said while the industry is capable of policing itself, “there does need to be government support for adherence to these principles in order for this to be effective”.

“Working through the GGF we are actively seeking support and endorsement of these principles so together we can create a safer and more stable built environment,” he said.

GGFsays the glazed element - as designed and specified to be installed, including named components - must be tested as an applicable system, under scrutiny by a notified test body according to approved common test standards.

The system as installed must faithfully follow the relevant approval, based on either test or assessment referred to applicable and suitable test evidence, carried out by an accredited notified body.

The main components (e.g. glass and sealants) of the glazed system must be produced to a defined individual product specification including the key individual product properties, confirmed by the manufacturer.

The manufacturer must be able to demonstrate that they operate the appropriate production quality control system to consistently meet that defined specification.

The GGFsaid it hopes ministers will take heed of its concerns over responsibility, risk and safety and it is seeking the support of fire sector and industry.

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