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‘Smash-and-grab’ - Bohle Emergency Repair Film

Damaged or broken glass can present a significant safety risk. Bohle Emergency Repair Film has been developed to provide a fast and cost-effective solution.

Glass breaks. In location, in transit and on the factory floor and where it does, it has the potential to cause serious injury, especially if it’s handled incorrectly, including severe cuts and other serious injuries. 

Legislation governing the handling of broken glass it is covered as part of wider guidance under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This also includes a direct reference to broken glass, it’s clean up and repair, placing a responsibility on employers and building management to take precautions to minimize the risk of injury to staff and to members of the public.

“The biggest challenge is in handling and removal of broken glass”, says Dave Broxton, Managing Director, Bohle.

He continues: “The risks are obvious so the flexibility to secure, stabilize and protect glass to support its safe removal, is a real plus for installers and emergency repair companies – and that’s what Bohle Emergency Repair Film gives them, it massively reduces risk when handling broken glass.”

Bohle Emergency Repair Film, has been specially developed to provide a fast and cost effective short-term repair to broken window glass, doors, partitioning and glass mirrors.

It uses a semi-rigid extremely tough polyester film combined with a high-performance solvent-free acrylic adhesive permanently bond the glass.

Applied without the use of specialist tools, the adhesive side is lined with glassine coated paper and a printed grid pattern on the outer side to help cut the film to size.  Delivering one third of the tensile strength of steel, full weather sealing and 85% light transmission, it’s ideal for temporary repairs stabilizing and making broken glass safe.

“If you think about the alternative – boarding broken windows – there are a wealth of benefits. As the end user, you aren’t left in the dark looking at a board. It can also be applied without specialist tools, there’s no hammering or noise so no disruption if working at night or in the workplace”, says Broxton.

He continues: “It allows you and other people to get on with their day, while full repairs are planned and scheduled. The other major benefit is that when it does come to permanent repair, in most cases glass can be removed as a single unit and using a standard vacuum suction lifter.”

 

Customer test: Sapphire Balustrades Ltd

Reading-based high-rise residential balcony and balustrading specialist, Sapphire recently put the Bohle Emergency Repair Film through its paces in independent testing.

Working with major house builders and developers nationwide, the company leads the field with it’s innovative Glide-On Cassette® balcony system. With Sapphire’s patented Glide-On Cassette® balconies enabling much faster installation, Sapphire’s balconies are manufactured offsite delivered ready for final install.

One of the advantage is that it can be manufactured and then brought to site, minimising risk of damage, during the wider construction process. They are however installed on active construction sites and therefore are still contactable, either by the end user or other trades and damage caused by impact can and does occur.

Replacing glass 300ft in the air clearly presents challenges and safety risks. Identifying a product that allows users to isolate any risk and to protect the integrity of the glass, is a major benefit. The film can protect the glass, the site, other trades or the end-user, while replacements are arranged.

Sapphire has recently completed independent tests to assess the performance of Bohle Emergency Repair Film.

Using 10+10 laminated glass with PVB interlayer, the Sapphire R&D team conducted two strength tests. The first of these was conducted with Bohle Emergency Repair Film applied to undamaged glass, the second with a shattered top side.

Each piece was installed in a test rig, a vacuum pad was attached and against increasing loads and recorded times. This revealed no displacement of either the suction cup or the emergency film.

The test involved the use of a 50 kg rated vacuum pad.

The first test, with the glass intact, involved a load of 87 kg of pressure applied to the vacuum pad and held for six minutes. The load remained constant for the test period.

The top layer of glass was then shattered but was held together by the laminate layer on one side and the Bohle Emergency Repair Film on the other. A load of 98kg was applied to the vacuum pad and held consistently for the test period of two minutes with no loss of holding force.

Sapphire’s concluded that Bohle Emergency Repair Film delivered  a very high level of performance against some substantial loads. Also that the instant and very high-strength adhesion, could be of real value to anyone who is handling or transporting broken glass.

It also provides a safe and good temporary repair at far lower cost than other systems, while application is also comparatively straight forward.

Bohle Emergency Repair Film is sold in standard 1000mm and 500mm widths and 15m lengths. Following feedback from Sapphire, Bohle has also developed 150mm and 350mm special options.

 

For more information on Bohle please call the customer services team free on 0800 616151 or email info@bohle.ltd.uk.

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