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Glass is a safety-critical product for balustrades and it is of course important to ensure that its production and manufacturing processes comply with certain standards. In the past there has been a lot of confusion regarding the use of kitemarks and whether it is a mandatory requirement for glass.
The simple answer is… No
Whether it be a balustrade infill, a window, or any other type of glass panel, to comply with British Standards, it is a mandatory requirement for them to be indelibly stamped with a safety mark. This should identify critical information about the product including the manufacturer, product standard and impact performance.
This infographic by Willmott Dixon does a great job at highlighting how all of the below safety marks are indeed compliant, despite not all showing a Kitemark.
To round up, the kitemark logo is often confused with safety marks on glass, probably as a lot of safety marks include this logo on the stamp. If the safety mark does not include the kitemark stamp, the glass may still be 100% compliant.
What’s crucial is that there is a safety stamp which contains information on where the glass comes from, what regulation it’s designed to, and the impact performance.