30. 04. 2024


Safety glass in tables for domestic and non-domestic use

The rules applicable to tables for domestic and non-domestic use require, for tables that have glass parts, that the impact test on the surface is carried out with different stresses depending on the type of glass which can be "safety" or "other types of glass”.
To be considered “safety glass” for both domestic use according to EN 12521 and non-domestic use according to EN 15372, one of the following conditions must be met:
  1. The manufacturer, importer or retailer must provide verification that the glass complies with EN 12510-1:2015+A1:2019, par. 8, fragmentation test, or that the type of breakage according to EN 12600 is type B or C.
  2. The glass must be tested in accordance with EN 12150-1:2015+A1:2019, 8.4 (fragmentation test) and must have a minimum of 40 fragments on a surface of 50x50 mm, in derogation from the standard, the test must be performed on a sample of the same size as those used in the final product.
To be able to carry out the impact test on the surface using the parameters of the safety glass, we no longer consider sufficient a self-declaration by the customer that the glass is safety, but we must be provided with a test report according to point a) which we consider it valid only if it was produced by an accredited laboratory and if it refers exactly to the table under test.

Alternatively we can carry out the fragmentation test according to point b).

If conditions a) or b) do not exist, we carry out the impact test using the parameters foreseen for "other types of glass".

Description of the plane impact test according to the EN 1730:2012 method:
The impact mass (1) is dropped from a height (H) onto the table top where a polyether foam plate (2) has been positioned. The height of fall, the points of impact and the number of cycles are specified in the requirements standard, the height varies depending on the type of glass the table is made of (See tables 1 and 2).

The parameters for the flat impact test, domestic and non-domestic use are as follows:


table 1


table 2

For tables for domestic use, the glass of any part of the table is considered, not just the top.
To be considered "safety glass", conditions a) and b) previously indicated on each glass part of the table must be met.
For tables for non-domestic use, however, only the top is considered; if there are other glass parts, the table falls into the "Without glass" category.

For info:
Maurizio Marussi
+39 0432 747225