Kite mark for beer glasses
- By: Alex Brooks
Toughened glass is not reducing injuries among people in bars - because there is no industry standard that manufacturers have to conform to.
A study published in Injury Prevention (2000;6:36-40) has found that staff are more likely to injure themselves with new, toughened glasses. The authors emphasise that this does not mean that bars should return to the old annealed glasses, but that there must be a minimum standard for the new ones.
Professor John Shepherd, leader of the Violence Research Group at the University of Wales, the main author of the study, said that toughened glass was “certainly the way forward in reducing injury and violence.”
Altogether 3500-5500 people are injured a year in so called “glassings.” Awareness of attacks was raised after a 1997 campaign led by Glenda Jackson, whose son lost an eye in a bar brawl. There is support in the Scottish Parliament for legislation to