Recommendations for reducing injury

  • The manufacturer should take responsibility for providing information about the drinking vessel material e.g. for glassware if it is 'rim toughened', 'foot toughened', 'fully toughened', 'non-toughened', and for plastic what type is used. All manufacturers should be aware of any effect their processes or materials have on safety or injury potential.

  • Point of sale staff should be trained in the material options available as well as the correct use and handling of drinking vessels to reduce injury potential.
  • Precautions must be taken to avoid damage to vessels in transit and use.
  • Dishwashing degrades both glass and plastic. Regular examination should be made of all drinking vessels in use and those severely abraded or showing minute cracks should be removed from service.  Dishwashing solutions should be routinely monitored to ensure they are at the correct concentration and suitable for the material being washed.
  • Fully toughened glass or plastic glasses should be used where there is a known or high risk of injury potential. Annealed or partially toughened glasses with a non-explosive breakage pattern should be used when food consumption is significant within premises to minimise ingestion or air-borne particle injury potential.