ALS Ligature Attachment Point Environmental Safety Audits

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (DoH 2002) set the standard that likely ligature anchor points in mental health service in-patient environments must be removed or covered. As a development all Mental health trusts and private care providers complete environmental suicide risk assessments & management plans to mitigate the risks across inpatient areas to ensure patient safety.

Without specific knowledge and training many care providers find it difficult to understand whether the safety products they have fitted are installed correctly and working properly. We have found that poor or incorrect fitting of these products is often the norm with little or no post installation planned preventative maintenance. Over the last twenty years ligature resistant products have developed at pace and many early products fitted have been superseded or are now beyond their useful life.

Our team of experts can provide a detailed safety audit which will:

  1. Identify and itemise the make and model of reduced ligature equipment fitted in inpatient areas
  2. Examine whether the reduced ligature items have been fitted correctly in accordance with manufacturers fitting instructions
  3. Comment on the age and condition of the ligature resistant products fitted within the environment
  4. Report on gaps between fitted products and the substrate they are attached to
  5. Provide a condition report on all items fitted within each area including loose furniture
  6. Identify fittings including loose furniture that are unsuitable for the patient group, stating why this is so?
  7. Examine the suitability of fixings used to mount products
  8. Examine patient garden areas for ligature issues and wider safety concerns

Make sure to contact the team for more information or to request an audit for your care environment:

Call: 03300536020



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Anti-Ligature Shop Ltd, Soteria House, 51 Haydock Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 7UW

Tel: 0330 0536 020

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