Tempered glass is the safest of all types of glass. It’s designed to shatter into small pieces when it breaks which cuts down on the possibility of serious injury. This doesn’t mean tempered glass is completely safe, however, and it can still cut and injure quite seriously. You need to remain aware of the dangers of tempered glass and take adequate safety precautions.
Whenever you work with glass, you need to wear safety goggles. If you have an accident and the glass shatters, your eyes will be protected. It should be a priority to put them on before you do any work with glass. Wearing goggles is especially important with tempered glass because it shatters into small piece and these can easily find their way to your eyes unless they’re covered.
Tempered glass has many uses and is ideal for applications where issues of safety arise. A perfect example of this is the use of tempered glass on shower doors. When you’re moving a sheet of tempered glass, make sure you keep the corner protectors on.
While the glass is strong, the corners are the most vulnerable points and need to be protected as much as possible. If you don't pay attention to using protectors, there’s a danger of catching the corner on a snagging point and it will cause the glass to shatter.
Standing the Glass
With tempered glass, you need to be very careful how you stand the glass. Don’t stand a sheet of tempered glass on cement, tile or metal. This is because the glass can topple over and if it does, the entire sheet of tempered glass will shatter.
On tile, there’s also a strong chance that the sheet of tempered glass will slip and the results will be exactly the same. Similarly, if you’re putting in a new tempered glass shower door, you should never stand the glass in the tub since it’s also very liable to slipping and you’ll possibly end up with a tub full of broken glass.
When you’re installing tempered glass, it ideally needs to be at room temperature in order to be able to work with it and to avoid the possibility of it shattering. To do this, keep the glass in the house overnight in an area where it can warm up properly.
You should always wear safety gloves when you work with tempered glass. Make sure that the gloves are strong enough to protect your hands in case of breakages. However, the gloves should also be thin enough so that you can work comfortably and the palms should not be too slippery so you can maintain a good grip on the glass.
You should always carry a piece of tempered glass in an upright position in order to keep the best grip on it. This gives you more control which means there's less chance of dropping it and the glass breaking. Additionally, when you do set it down, it’s best to do so on some softly padded material which takes away the danger of the glass shattering as it makes contact with a solid surface.