Contour anti-ligature radiator covers case study

  • 29 Oct 2021

Contour has completed the installation of 350 anti-ligature radiator covers across 15 mental health wards in the Southeast of England.

With old and outdated radiators in place beforehand, there was a huge risk service users could use these to bring harm upon themselves or others.

On inspection of a single ward, it became apparent this was the case in all of them. Therefore, Contour was given the task of ensuring all radiator guards were anti-ligature; surveying, supplying and manufacturing every single one. 

Read on to discover the project in more detail…


What Challenges Did The Customer Face?

Following the site survey, it became apparent there were no anti-ligature radiators whatsoever.

This was a significant health risk as service users could potentially use ligature points on the radiators to inflict harm.

Sharp corners were another threat and had to go entirely, in order to protect both service users and others in the environment.

Cleanliness was also an issue with old and outdated guards. As there was no easy way to keep them clean, over time there was a significant build-up of dust and dirt. This could cause issues to those in the surrounding environment. 

How Did Contour Solve Them?

The mental health trust needed covers that would protect service users, without jeopardising the heating efficiency, while also providing easy cleaning to help improve hygiene. 

After ripping out the outdated units, Contour installed an extensive number of anti-ligature covers that have been proven to increase safety within mental health environments.

With small grilles and rounded edges, the anti-ligature covers help increase safety within these environments. On top of that, they also include features that make cleaning and maintaining hygiene much more efficient. This adds to safety in mental health environments.

The Results

After installing the anti-ligature radiator covers, the environments immediately became safer for service users and more hygienic. 

The radiator guards now all feature IP3x grilles with 2mm holes punched directly out of the guard. This means nothing is insertable into the radiator to create a ligature.

They also come with drop-down front access in order to make cleaning much easier, improving cleanliness levels. 

All the guards also feature rounded corners, which not only increase the strength of the cover itself, but offers another level of protection to the service users.

Contour can be contacted at;
The Mansions
43 Broadway
TF11 8BB
Tel: 01952 290 498
Email: [email protected]

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