Health and Safety Alert Deadline Looming
Directors responsible for patient safety have just two weeks (by March 31st) to act on a Department of Health estates and facilities alert relating to window restrictors. The alert, issued on November 10th 2014 , followed the death of a resident at a mental health crisis house who fell from a second floor window which had been fitted with a cable and socket restrictor. Evidence at the inquest into the death highlighted a number of issues with the restrictor including that it could easily be unlocked with a blade or scissors.
The alert states that directors of nursing, estates and facilities and risk and health and safety managers need to carry out the following actions: Review the available guidance on window restrictors and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Review existing risk assessment in relation to the restrictors Inspect all installed windows to ensure the restrictors are adequate for the purpose intended Replace those that can easily be defeated by a blade such as a screwdrive, knife or scissors.
The alert goes on to say: “It is a duty holders’ responsibility to assess the risks of falls from windows and fit suitably robust restrictors.” The UK’s leading window restrictor manufacturer wants to make it clear that the product relating to the alert was NOT a Jackloc.
The Jackloc, used widely in the NHS, complies with appropriate British and European Standards. It is also approved by the City of New York Health and Hygiene Department and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.
The Jackloc Company has the ISO 9001 2008 quality accreditation. For further information about the alert visit: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/ Jackloc is willing to provide advice in relation to the alert and they can be contacted on 01455 220616.