British Standards & UK Building Regulations

The manufacture of safety barrier components, its design and installation are governed by UK regulation.


Our UK standards are amongst the safest in the world, and have stood the test of time.

Glass balustrades are highly attractive, however, their primary function is user safety. 

GlazeIT Balustrades are specialists in this field and as such consider the understanding of safety standards as critical. The documentation is vast and requires years of study.


In order to provide guidance and understanding to our customers, we have prepared a quick guide.

They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings. Barriers form part of construction for the purpose of regulation. 

The regulations specify that each stage of the manufacture and installation of barriers, are to certain standards (BS).

Building Regulations Part K 

Standards for the Protection from falling, collision and impact

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BS 6180 : 2011

Guidance for the construction of barriers in and around buildings 


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Building Regulations Part M

Building regulation to ensure that people are able use buildings 


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PD 6688 - 1 - 1 : 2011

Recommendations for the design of structures


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BS 6399 - 1 : 1996

Provides minimum recommended imposed loads for use in designing  


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BS EN 12150 - 1 : 2000

Specifies mechanical characteristics flat toughened safety glass

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