There is a plethora of responsibilities that come with being a facility manager. One of the most important job duties in this role is to provide a safe and secure environment for employees, visitors, and customers. Ensuring there are zero security threats to your facility at all times is impossible, but workplace safety and security is not an area to compromise on, even with a tight budget. Implementing an effective risk management strategy reduces the likelihood of damage to your facility. Areas in a facility that contain glass are particularly vulnerable.
Exterior windows as well as interior glass structures, such as railings in malls and offices as well as shower doors in hotels, can be impacted by spontaneous glass breakage, impact glass breakage, and effects of natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.). To reduce these effects, existing glass can be improved with the addition of 3M™ Safety Films. These films work to ‘hold’ the glass together in the event of breakage to ensure that employees and customers are not impacted.
Exterior windows and entryway glass are generally the weakest point of entry in a facility. Even with sophisticated entry structures and door locking mechanisms, an assailant can quickly and easily enter a facility by breaking the glass. 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety and Security Window Films can be added to existing exterior windows and entry glass to provide enhanced safety features including physical resistance to entry and durability from blowout due to bomb blasts. And although the film won’t prevent intruders, it does make it more difficult for them to get inside and can provide valuable time for occupants to reach safety and/or the authorities to respond in the event of an active shooter, for example.
Ensuring employee and visitor safety and security is critical across all industries. Large areas of glass in the main entrance of a school and its hallways create transparency and visual control when school is in session, and adding window film allows for extra safety and security from theft and break ins. In a hospital, some window films can reduce the risk of damage by preventing flying shards of glass from hitting patients and expensive medical equipment.
From preventing flying shards of glass from spontaneous glass breakage to giving peace of mind to night shift employees from intruders, 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films help keep your facilities safe and outside dangers where they should be – outside. As a cost and time efficient alternative to completely replacing windows, these clear, tear-resistant films deliver superior performance over standard polyester films in blast and impact events.