The recent spate of toughened glass shower screens, pool fences, balustrades and overhead glass spontaneously exploding in homes across the Australia and New Zealand has prompted the need to issue a safety warning to building and homeowners.
This year, two different Victorian apartment blocks have experienced exploding balcony balustrade panes. In Perth this June, a shower screen suddenly shattered while a four year old boy was taking a shower. Similarly, a Sydney mum called the ambulance in September 2016 after a shattered shower screen cut her three month old baby’s face. In Sydney this January two sisters, one eight months pregnant, were sitting next to a pool fence when it suddenly shattered. Shoppers at Robina Town Centre in Queensland were startled when a shopfront window unexpectedly exploded in June this year.
In New Zealand there have been a number of instances where glass has for no apparent reason to explode such as over an escalator in Wellington, entrance canopy glass in Christchurch and Dunedin.
Apart from physical impact or damage to glass edges, the most common cause of glass explosions in toughened (tempered) glass is a phenomenon called ‘Nickel Sulphide (NiS) inclusion’.
To protect employees, family, friends, guests and even passers-by from spontaneous glass explosions, Solar Gard and Speciality Window Films suggests the application of a safety film, which essentially creates a membrane that holds the glass together if it shatters.
Glass with applied Solar Gard safety film can be brought up to Grade A safety standard under Australian / New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2208:1996, Grade A safety glass in human impact situations. It is a very tough, clear polyester film less than 1mm thick with a safety-strength adhesive. The combination of film and adhesive helps hold the glass together if it breaks, so instead of pieces falling onto persons or property, they remain stuck to the film.
“The recent incidents of random glass explosions are alarming. While toughened glass is designed to fragment into small cube-like pieces when broken, it can still pose a serious injury risk as the cubes can ‘clump’ together and sharp edges can be present, says Mr Ross Eathorne Managing Director Speciality Window Films.
“There is no way of predicting which installed products in your home could fail,” Eathorne continues. “So when it comes to glass, it’s best to err on the side of caution because the risk of injury to anyone nearby is so extreme. Safety film presents a permanent, invisible and cost-effective solution to the unpredictable and dangerous threat of toughened glass explosion.” Says Eathorne
With the recent introduction of much tougher Health and Safety regulations in New Zealand, employers and property owners have a responsibility to provide a high level of safety protection
Homes, offices and government buildings around the world use safety film to help protect against broken glass from bomb blast, extreme weather or spontaneous explosion. It can be applied to any glass surface, internally or externally, and comes in a range of different colours and thicknesses (the thicker the film, the stronger the substrate it’s applied to becomes). Solar control, UV reduction safety film is also available.
What is Nickel Sulphide (NiS)?
Invisible to the human eye, NiS is a tiny particle that can form inside glass during manufacture. NiS particles naturally expand during the lifespan of the glass, and usually never cause a problem. Toughened glass is about four times the strength of normal glass. Its strength comes from a balance of tensile and compression forces put into the glass during manufacturing. Sometimes the expansion of NiS particles disrupts the balance of these forces inside the glass, causing spontaneous explosion of the ENTIRE pane.
Central Wellington Apartment building 12th May 2016
About Solar Gard
Solar Gard positively impacts lives with products that protect, save and renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard makes industry leading architectural and automotive window films, photovoltaics and custom coatings.
A division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films are proven carbon negative and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Solar Gard products are sold in more than 90 countries under the Solar Gard®, Panorama®, Quantum® and Solar Gard Armorcoat® brands. For more information, visit www.solargard.com.au
Located in 64 countries and with almost 200,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, world leader in habitat, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy-saving and environmental protection. World leader in high performance plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio (USA). The company employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries. Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and fluid systems. For more information, visit www.saint-gobain.com and www.plastics.saint-gobain.com.
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Caused by invisible contaminated inside toughened glass
Install clear Solar Gard Safety film to minimise risk
This young child was badly injured due to an invisible contamination that could be lurking inside ANY piece of toughened glass in. It can cause the whole pane to explode without warning. Luckily installing clear safety window film to the glass can minimise the risk if it breaks as the film will hold the glass shards and stop the lacerating risk.
Now is the time to seriously look at insulating your windows for winter warmth
Are you aware that a single pane of glass can lose almost 10 times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall? By reducing heat loss through windows you will also save money on your winter heating bills.
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Ross Eathorne runs SWF Distribution the Solar Gard protective films master agent in New Zealand. The Solar Gard product is one that many of us will look at every day and not even know it’s there! The film has been applied to thousands of surfaces that are in the public eye, examples being solar control, safety and security graffiti protection and decorative situations.
Recently Solar Gard introduced a film that focuses on protecting the painted surfaces of motor vehicles from the likes of damage from the elements, shopping trolley damage and bird droppings.
Called Clearshield Pro Ross believes this protective film could be very effective in a factory and manufacturing environment. For example for the protection of painted surfaces from surrounding factory floor activity and abrasive actions or to protect finished surfaces of manufactured product.
It’s worth asking the question about your situation after all you won’t see the film all while the extending the life of your or equipment. Click on the image below to view the video.
Solar Gard Exterior Window Film Dramatically Transforms Medical Buildings
All-glass reflective exteriors have been the hallmark of the four-story medical office buildings since their construction in the mid-1980s. Over the years, however, the glazing had started to fail and the window mullions had seriously deteriorated.
With the installation of a Solar Gard external window film, that premium ascetic look has been returned as well as providing solar protection benefits.
Graffiti littering never ceases to be a problem with managers of buildings and public spaces constantly on the look-out for cost effective solutions. Solar Gard who are specialists in this field offer a variety of graffiti protection solutions to suit a wide range of applications:
Graffitigard Acts As a Sacrificial Barrier Graffitigard protective film is a durable, optically clear and removable product that acts as a sacrificial barrier between vandals and the surfaces they deface. It is easily applied to interior and exterior glass windows and mirrors, as well as other non-porous surfaces like stainless steel and marble. Protects from: paint, key scratches, marking and even acid-etching. Download Graffitigard flyer here
GraffitiTidy Protects Surfaces, Allowing Speedy and Efficient Clean-Up GraffitiTidy is a durable, clear film with a non-stick outer surface suitable for applying to smooth surfaces to protect against graffiti damage from marker pen and spray paint. Once pen and paint graffiti littering has been applied, clean-up is where GraffitiTidy saves valuable time, expense and effort with easy graffiti removal. Download GraffitiTidy flyer here
Metal Shield A metal-finish film renewing defaced metal surfaces Metal Shield is a grain-finish stainless-steel look film which provides a perfect 'veneer' to renew damaged stainless steel surfaces - or to give other flat surfaces a sleek stainless steel look. No need to repair prior scratched surfaces, Metal Shield can be installed over scratches bringing the surface back to as-new.
Mirror Shield A mirror-finish film renewing defaced mirror surfaces Mirror Shield is a reflective full mirror film which can effectively renew defaced mirrored surfaces - or upgrade other flat surfaces to have a mirror finish.No need to repair prior scratched mirrors, Mirror Shield can be installed over scratched glass to bring the surface back to as-new. Download Metal and Mirror Shield flyer here
The New Zealand distributor of Solar Gard windowfilm is pleased to announce that Solar Gard is now a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council
Globally Solar Gard Window Film and its parent company Saint-Gobain manufacture products that are friendly to the environment and have a high level of sustainability.
In 2014, Solar Gard achieved an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certification from UL Environment, encompassing 41 architectural window film products. The EPD is based on a life cycle analysis of the cradle-to-grave impacts of Solar Gard’s products and fulfils the requirements of an ISO-compliant product category rule.
“The decision to become a member of the NZGBC builds on these global strategies and is a logical move in regard to the NZ market. It gives us the opportunity to put the various products and benefits in front of decision makers in a way that gives them confidence that Solar Gard window film can be a solution to a problem for them while also making them aware of the environmental benefits that the product brings” says Mr Ross Eathorne Director of Specialty Window Films, the New Zealand distributor of Solar Gard window films.
Further information can be obtained from the links below and by contacting Eathorne.