Therefore, it’s vital for architects and specifiers to seek ways to ensure there is a reduced risk of self-harm and suicide in 136 suites with anti-ligature products to protect all users that have been detained under the Section 136 of Mental Health Act.
Those entering a Section 136 suite may be vulnerable and their mental health is often unpredictable. This means unsafe conditions could be life-threatening for this individual.
If you have an involvement in the design of a section 136 suite, this piece runs through ligature risks that need minimising to provide the utmost safety…
It’s commonly thought suicide risk comes from ligature points that are above head height. However, studies have found suicides can occur where ligature points have been below the head or even at waist height.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when individuals seek to self-harm, they don’t look for obvious ligature points.
With standard grilles and casing designs, there are a series of ligature risks. To assure all anti-ligature risks are kept to a minimum, look at a heating solution that follows these certain characteristics:
– Small grilles, we recommend IP3X rated grilles
– (If wall secured) No large gaps between product and wall
– Minimal gaps or joints
– No sharp edges
– Bullnose, rounded corners
– Security locks and fixings
– Use anti-pick mastic to seal to wall and cover any potential gaps
These design characteristics will significantly minimise the potential for service users to tie rope or cord around any ligature points.
It’s not unheard of for Section 136 suites to be subject to vandalism. Once furniture has been destructed, the damaged and sharp objects run risks of being used as weapons to cause harm to themselves or to others.
Contour’s anti-ligature LST radiators and air conditioning guards are available in Zintec protected steel in gauges ranging from 1.5mm to 2mm to provide you with the assurance that your heating solution is strong and robust in avoiding vandalism and injury.
For more high-risk environments, Contour can provide a strengthening strut to assist the front of the cover for maximum strength.
Minimising ligature risks in the section 136 suite that you specify can save money and severe injury to service users.
Specifying a heating solution that offers durability, strength, and a lessened risk of self-harm will be a long-term investment for your client.
Click here to request a quote, or if you need any other design guidance for Section 136 suites, phone 01952 290 498.
Contour can be contacted at;
Tel: 01952 290 498
Email: [email protected]
When designing a living environment for psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) many factors are at play, as Contour explain here…Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Pipes & Fittings, Plumbing, Posts, Security and Fire Protection
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) announces the launch of a new online Health, Safety and Environment Hub. This will house all the health, safety and environment services and products the Federation delivers for Members and the industry.Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Glass, Glazing, Health & Safety, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products, Publications, Research & Materials Testing, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Windows
GEZE UK has been successful in securing a five year contract in conjunction with NHS UK Property Services.Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Case Studies, Doors, Facility Management & Building Services, Recruitment, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Security and Fire Protection
Architects and specifiers need to seek ways to ensure there is a reduced risk of self-harm and suicide in PICUs, with anti-ligature products to protect all users, explains Contour…Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Pipes & Fittings, Plumbing, Posts, Security and Fire Protection