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The vital role of anti-shatter film in Martyn’s Law preparation

In the wake of tragic events like the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, governments and organisations worldwide have intensified efforts to enhance security measures to protect public spaces. Martyn’s Law, proposed in memory of Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester attack, aims to improve security standards in crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, and concert venues. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) state that 95% death, injury & damage is caused by flying glass in the event of an attack. Toughened glass although a safety glass, breaks into thousands of pieces flying like bullets, this glass is not safe in the event of an explosion.

Not all glass will benefit from Anti Shatter Film, laminated glass 7.5mm or thicker should break safely depending on the size and location of a blast.

Among the various security measures recommended for implementation, the installation of anti-shatter film stands out as a crucial component in fortifying these spaces. Here is why:

1. Mitigating the Risk of Explosive Attacks: Anti-shatter film serves as a protective layer applied to windows and glass surfaces, effectively reinforcing them against potential explosions or forced entry attempts. In the event of an explosion, the film holds the glass together, minimising the risk of shattering and reducing the potential for injuries caused by flying shards. By implementing this measure, public spaces can significantly enhance their resilience against explosive attacks, thereby safeguarding the lives of patrons and staff.

2. Enhancing Public Safety and Confidence: The presence of anti-shatter film not only serves as a physical deterrent to malicious actors but also instils a sense of security among visitors. Knowing that proactive measures have been taken to fortify the venue against potential threats can greatly enhance public confidence in the safety protocols of the establishment. This, in turn, encourages greater attendance and participation in events, boosting economic activity and community engagement.

3. Cost-Effective Security Solution: Compared to other security enhancements such as installing blast-resistant windows or implementing complex surveillance systems, the installation of anti-shatter film offers a cost-effective solution with significant benefits. The relatively low cost of materials and installation makes it an accessible option for a wide range of venues, including smaller businesses and community facilities. Furthermore, the one-time investment in anti-shatter film provides long-term protection, requiring minimal maintenance over its lifespan.

4. Compliance with Regulatory Requirements: As governments and regulatory bodies increasingly prioritise public safety and security, compliance with legislation such as Martyn’s Law becomes imperative for businesses and organisations operating in crowded places. By proactively installing anti-shatter film as part of their security measures, establishments demonstrate their commitment to meeting regulatory requirements and fulfilling their duty of care to patrons and employees. Failure to adhere to such standards not only risks legal repercussions but also jeopardises the reputation and credibility of the organisation.

5. Versatility and Adaptability: One of the key advantages of anti-shatter film is its versatility and adaptability to various types of glass surfaces. Whether applied to windows, doors, or glass partitions, the film can be tailored to fit specific dimensions and shapes, ensuring comprehensive coverage throughout the premises. Additionally, advancements in film technology have led to the development of specialised coatings that offer additional benefits such as UV protection, glare reduction, and enhanced thermal insulation, further enhancing the comfort and safety of occupants.

In conclusion, the installation of anti-shatter film emerges as a critical measure in preparing for Martyn’s Law and fortifying public spaces against security threats. By mitigating the risk of explosive attacks, enhancing public safety and confidence, offering a cost-effective security solution, ensuring regulatory compliance, and providing versatility and adaptability, anti-shatter film plays a pivotal role in safeguarding lives and properties.

The full context of Martyns Law is not yet 100% clear, it would appear however that having knowledge of a procedure or a physical enhancement that has not been acted on by the venue could lead to corporate liability being challenged. This is going to affect venues on a 2-tier basis that are currently being shown as 100 –799 and over 800 capacities, a venue is considered any premises that people attend.

Solartek Films Ltd can carry out a Risk Assessment Glazing Survey to identify what glass would benefit from having Anti Shatter Film applied. Contact us:
0800 0151815


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