4 Tips for Safely Handling Safety Glass
The invention of safety glass had its origin in the 19th century. Safety glass is practically used everywhere today, in windows, safety glasses, car windshields, computer monitors and more. It is called safety glass because unlike normal glass sheets, it has been tempered with heat to produce a relatively harder type of glass. Its major feature is that it doesn't break like normal glass. When it does break, the glass shards shatter in a way that do not severely injure the person or persons involved in the incident. It shatters into small oval-shaped pieces.
Although you may dealing with safety glass, that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. Here are 3 tips for safely handling safety glass:
If you have a considerable amount of safety glass, ensure that all the crates containing the glass are securely unpacked by professionals. If you are storing the crates on wooden racks, make sure that the racks can withstand the weight of the glass content. Always leave the corridor leading to the storage cleared to avoid any tripping incidents, and also make sure that the passageways are well lit at all times. Perform inspections and maintenance regularly.
2. Safety Equipment
This depends whether you are working at home or on a construction site (or something similar), but whatever the case, always use the proper equipment.
Safety gloves are a must when handling glass, especially when the edges are not laminated (normally safety glass is always laminated, but it's still a good idea to wear safety gloves). Apart from protecting your hands, you have to protect you eyes, head and feet. Always wear protective helmets, safety glasses and appropriate footwear to avoid any serious injury to your person.
3. Lift Carefully
If the glass content is too heavy for you, don't risk injuring yourself; seek help. Either call a friend or make use of some power handling tools. Handling heavy material on your own is a very dangerous business because you can easily contract back and arm injuries. You could also contract back and arm injuries from working for a long time in an awkward position, so try to avoid the latter as much as possible.
Before doing any work, try to have a general idea of the safety procedures in case of an injury. This is of utmost importance if you are working at a construction site. If you are feeling tired or fatigued, don't work near safety glass. Accidents can happen from lack of attention resulting from fatigue. If you are working in an industrial location where handling safety glass is an everyday chore, and you have any doubts on what to do, always ask your safety officer to guide you in the best possible direction.