It’s fair to say that almost every building has windows, both internally and externally. The versatility of glass offers insultation, soundproofing and can even function as a dividing wall within open-plan commercial spaces.
But did you know that certain sectors have a legal requirement to protect staff, visitors, guests, members of the public – in fact, everyone! Yes, there is an official Window Manifestation Legislation in existence, and you’d be surprised (horrified!) to learn that it’s often overlooked by many businesses.
We may chortle at tales of millennials walking into windows whilst too busy looking at their phones, but there is a serious side to this issue. Every year, A&E Departments treat people for facial lacerations and deep tissue injuries as a result of walking into glass windows or doors – often unaware that they were there in the first place.
So, what can be done to prevent such things happening at your premises?
We’re so glad you asked!
Allow us to introduce you to the wonderful world of window manifestations. Window manifestation regulations comply with building regulations to ensure safety, primarily to prevent accidents. Regulations state when and where window manifestations are necessary, and we’re more than happy to run through the small print with you over a cuppa.
Although there are manifestation regulations, there’s no law stating exactly what form the manifestation should take – which could be great news for your marketing team!
- The simplest way to let someone know there’s a window or door obstruction is with large ‘dots’ applied to the surface(s) in question. This is a popular choice in care homes as it doesn’t impede the view to the outside world for the residents but makes a patio door much safer when closed.
- Manifestations can reflect your company branding – and is a much more cost-effective option than paying for etched glass. Think logos, contact details – or even your mission statement!
- Another wonderful use of window manifestations is to create privacy in “goldfish bowl” meeting rooms – a common phenomenon in today’s open-plan office environment. Patterned windows can make an eye-catching feature to an otherwise bland blank space.
The options are limitless, and we’d love to help you to not only comply with regulations but to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
Ready to talk? We’re ready to listen and advise!