In NSW, it is a legal requirement that areas of a home which are prone to accidents are required to be fitted with what’s known as Grade A safety glass. The use of safety glass reduces the risk of injury as it is tougher to break and won’t fracture into dangerous shards if broken. In recent years the areas of your home where safety glass is required has increased, while the allowances for ordinary glass areas has decreased.
This means any glass installed for window or door glass replacement in areas must be done with this in mind.
Safety glass is usually made of the following elements: Aluminum Alloys Glass Carbon Silicon Polycarbonate Glasses that are lower grade contain too many elements to be considered safe for areas of the home that are likely to be affected by a large amount of falls, like staircases. Safety glass is designed to be tough and shatter-resistant. Glass breaks into a solid colourless diamond-like pattern that is much less dangerous than the large shards when regular glass breaks.
The NSW government has set out the following requirements for glass to be used: Safety glass is a glass with a polycarbonate material, also referred to as polycarbonate safety glass. Not all glass with a polycarbonate safety coating is deemed Grade A safety glass. Only glass certified as Grade A by the Australian Standard AS2008/AS1288 is qualified for safety-related applications. The lower ISO standard AS/NZS4580 includes lower strength grade, however this glass is not approved for safety-related applications.
As it’s a legal requirement, failure to comply with safety glass requirements can lead to fines of $6500 and can potentially mean that you can be liable for damage caused by the breaking of safety glass.