Anti-ligature handrail supports mental health sector

Intastop launches 1000AL enhanced anti-ligature handrail to reduce instances of self harm in mental health facilities

Intastop's 1000AL handrail is aimed at mental health facilities and has been designed with input from clinicians

Intastop has launched the 1000AL, an enhanced anti-ligature handrail, as part of its SECURA range of products.

Statistics show that during 2018 in the UK 6,507 deaths were recorded as a result of self harm.

While these occurred in a variety of situations, ensuring building safety for occupants and visitors in the mental health sector is of paramount importance.

The 1000AL Anti-Ligature handrail has been developed by the team at Intastop and America-based Inpro in-conjunction with a leading UK mental health trust, and is specifically designed to increase patient safety and decrease the risk of self harm and harm to others.

“This is a revolutionary product that supports a sector that continues to grow and also develop in terms of the type and level of care that is given in a wide variety of ways,” said Lisa Turner, Intastop marketing manager.

“It is important that we continue to take all necessary preventatives steps through ongoing research and product development to create and develop buildings that deliver vital support and care, and ensure they are safe for visitors, staff and patients alike.”

The enhanced Inpro 1000AL handrail is ligature resistant and now pick resistant, thanks to the top vinyl cover with is set within the integrated aluminum channel.

In addition, the design also boasts greater anti-ligature measures by the reduction of the wedge point from the top of the handrail and is tamper resistant; while the oval top is ergonomically designed for a comfortable and secure grip or leaning surface.

The handrail has a patent pending for its unique design and also has been rigorously tested and meets the Equality Act 2010 and HBN 00-04 guidelines.

In addition to the anti-ligature credentials, the handrail is also impact resistant and has an optional anti-bacterial coating to help with infection control and hygiene.

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