You also said "In fact all glass used these days
in a house has to be unless the pane size is very small as in e.g.
leaded lights or small framed panels.."
You totally omitted any mention of height from the ground being a
criteria for the rewuirement of safety fglass.
Glass used in wondows which are less than a certain distance from the floor
(about 1m I think) have to be toughened - above that and normal glass can be
ALL glass in doors, and in windows which are attached to doors, IE like in a
combination frame, have to be toughened glass, irrespective of distance from
I dont think that is correct.
My glazier says it can be either toughened, or laminated.
Laminated is around a third cheaper, albeit at the expense of a thicker
glass section. He also puts the BS mark on his laminated glass.
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There are. They're called the Building Regulations, and they say that if
you carry out building work or make a material change of use of a
building, the work you do must meet the guidance, and (in the case of
alterations) the work you do mustn't make any other part of the building
any less compliant than before.
If you carry out any work that affects the building's structure or fire
safety, and as part of that, you replace or alter the internal door,
then, yes, you have to fit safety glass to that door to comply with
If you're just replacing the door or the glass, it must comply with the
General Product Safety Regulations 1994. This is controlled by Trading
Standards at your local or County Council. I assume it's controlled
reactively, i.e., following a complaint or serious HSE-reportable accident.
If it's an existing pane, I don't know if there are any regulations
covering its continued use. I can't imagine there are within a private
dwelling, unless some legal or informal registration schemes for HMOs or
student accommodation, etc., would cover it.
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