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GlassGuard 'leads the way'

18 November 2010

GlassGuard is a manufacturer of shatterproof lamps complying to BS EN61549 and its BlackBand coating signifies complete compliance to the latest standards

GlassGuard coated shatterproof lamps provide users with protection from glass contamination at the critical time of maintenance, during transportation or under use.

A simple mishandling accident can result in thousands of glass particles and mercury being spread over a wide area causing potential contamination.

GlassGuard BlackBand coated shatterproof lamps eliminate this risk, providing complete protection to product, brand name and personnel.

What is BS EN61549?
The new fragment retention lamp standard requires that all lamps should meet a 4m impact test and successfully retain all fragments. It also requires the safety coating must remain active for a minimum of 8,000 hours lamp life and withstand a 650 degrees Celsius glow wire test.

With a number of so-called shatterproof lamps available on the market, this standard represents an important step in the improvement of safety and offers reassurance that glass contamination will no longer be a worry.

Lamps marked with the BlackBand coating are guaranteed to be shatterproof and retain all fragments when dropped or damaged. GlassGuard lamps will also far exceed the minimum requirements for BS EN61549 when it comes to lamp life, as they will provide 20,000 hours of protection.

Chris Payne, from GlassGuard, explains: “This new standard will certainly remove the use of PET covered shrink wrapped lamps that do not contain glass past 5,000 hours of use.

The new standard requires 8,000 hours service life and GlassGuard’s BlackBand range of fluorescent lamps offers 20,000 hours service life, matching the service life of the best Tri-Phosphor lamps. This reduces the cost of lamp operation on a 1,000 hours basis and provides maintenance savings.”

To help reach the highest standards of health and safety in the workplace, make sure you only use GlassGuard coated shatterproof lamps and check for the BlackBand mark.


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