Window restrictors – NOT JUST FOR KIDS!
Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional unjust deaths worldwide?
The World Health Organization state that around 646,000 individuals die from falls globally, with adults aged over 65 suffering the greatest number of fatal falls. Hospitals across the country have a crucial duty of care to uphold to patients, visitors and staff, where safety and security go hand in hand with a healthy and happy hospital environment. Preventing accidents such as window falls can be proactively prevented with exhaustive risk assessments, as well as a firm dedication to detail by staff members. With this in mind, allow us to explain why in this day and age window restrictors are not just for kids.
Are window restrictors required by law in UK hospitals?
In buildings such as hospitals, risk assessments carried out by a qualified person are a legal requirement across the sector. The Health and Safety Executive advises that: ‘Windows that are large enough to allow people to fall out should be restrained sufficiently to prevent such falls. The opening should be restricted to 100 mm or less. Window restrictors should only be able to be disengaged using a special tool or key.’ Jackloc key-lockable window restrictors have a standard cable length of 200mm, therefore easily meet Health and Safety regulations.
Window restrictors can be utilised for hospital security as well as safety
With regards to lower level and ground floor hospital windows, window restrictors effectively safeguard patients, staff and visitors from external risks such as intruders; effectively maintaining the security and integrity of the building. Internal risks, such as vulnerable patients going AWOL or at risk to low level falls, are also actively prevented with the aid of high-quality window restrictors.
Keeping ward windows shut poses heightened risk of infection
It’s also interesting to note that when windows in hospitals are closed, research suggests that exposure to airborne infection is four times greater than in hospitals where windows are left open. High-performance window restrictors play a key role here, allowing air to circulate appropriately whilst eliminating any risks to patients or the building.
Maintaining hospital window restrictors
Routine inspections of window restrictors will retain the highest levels of function, safety and security - not to be confused with annual risk assessments and security checks. Window restrictor logs should also be in place, to keep a record of checks, faults and the actions taken to sustain them. Daily inspections may be required for windows located in areas of the hospital that are considered high risk, e.g. rooms with falls in excess of 2 metres or wards where restrictors are fitted to prevent patients from absconding.
Jackloc window restrictors dramatically preserve life
As you can see, the Jackloc window restrictors reputation for preserving life has become synonymous with hospital window safety throughout the country; rigorously tested to British Standards. So, if you are a healthcare organisation reviewing your risk assessments it’s time to consider the Jackloc! Offering a window restrictor for every style of window and door, take a look at our vast product range today or get in contact to discuss your window safety options further.