This type of tempered will not pose a safety hazard if broken. Current building codes require safety glazing in all doors, walking surfaces, bathroom tub & shower enclosures, patio furniture, sidelites, and other applications in high traffic areas where there is a potential for injury.
The brittle nature of tempered glass causes it to shatter into small oval-shaped pebbles when broken. This eliminates the danger of sharp edges. Due to this property — along with its strength — tempered is often referred to as ‘safety glass.
The thermal process that cures tempered also makes it heat-resistant. Tempered glass can be used in any situation where there is a danger of the glass breaking due to impact or extreme heat.