Anti-Ligature Ventilation Grilles for Mental Health

Anti-Ligature Ventilation Grilles for Mental Health

Posted by Robin Mansell on 22 July 2019 09:57:00 BST
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Ventilation is very important in ensuring your mental health facility is as energy efficient and safe as possible.

Inadequate air ventilation allows for the accumulation of a variety of harmful elements, including allergies and respiratory problems due to mould and mildew.  

Quality ventilation systems allow the air to circulate and helps keep pollutants at bay. Moist air from breathing, cooking fumes and bathroom settle on the wall and can cause toxic mould to grow. This is damaging to both the building and the health of the people inside it.

The Department of Health states that service users in mental health settings need spaces that are well equipped and designed to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Designs that have good acoustics (that is, that helps reduce the level of noise and echo), minimise the risk of crowding, and have natural light and ventilation are important in helping to create a positive, therapeutic atmosphere.

It’s clear to see the importance of a well-ventilated environment for the health and well-being of your service users. With that in mind, Contour recognises the need for anti-ligature air ventilation grilles and the potential to improve standards within mental health facilities.


Problems With Current Ventilation Grilles

Standard plastic and even metal ventilation grilles are not suitable for mental health settings. The grille openings and the structural designs can create difficult situations for staff and service users. For example, ventilation grilles made from plastic can easily be broken into sharp instruments, causing risk to both staff and patients.

Additionally, when ventilation grilles are positioned on ceilings and walls, their openings can be used to create ligature points. With suicide prevention being of a high priority in mental health wards, Contour’s anti-ligature ventilation grilles are a welcome addition to our product catalogue.


What Options Are Available?



Contour’s new anti-ligature ventilation grille has been developed with the safety and care of its users in mind. Designed to be placed over the top of the standard ventilation grille, the anti-ligature ventilation grille incorporates the IP3x rated grille pattern. This can be seen on the DeepClean radiator covers in Contour’s range.

The perforated holes allow the air to pass through and minimises the risk of a service user being able to secure a ligature point on the grille. 

Manufactured from either 1.5mm Zintec steel or 1.6mm Magnelis steel (for wet environments), Contour’s anti-ligature ventilation grilles are built with durability in mind.

The robust, full frame design enables quick access for cleaning and maintenance to ensure the grille stays clean, allowing the air to pass through and helping with infection control targets. As with most of Contour’s products, the anti-ligature ventilation grille is coated with BioCote® technology.   

Contour Heating is the only company to incorporate BioCote® anti-microbial protection into our LST and anti-ligature products. This unique, patented additive provides an effective, safe and long-lasting solution to combatting a wide range of dangerous bacteria, including MRSA and E.coli.

To learn more about Biocote’s technology, click here.



  • Exclusive BioCote© antimicrobial protection.


  • IP3x grille (2mm holes at a 4mm staggered pitch) rating that provides an open area of 23%.


  • Full frame creates quick access for cleaning and maintenance.


  • Security fixings are used to provide access to authorised staff.


  • Manufactured from 1.5mm Zintec steel. 1.6mm Magnelis coated steel is also available when installing into wet areas.


  • Powder coated finish-white as standard (other colours available).


  • Standard sizes are available. Bespoke sizes are also available upon request.



As previously mentioned, Contour provides BioCote©  protection to most of its LST and anti-ligature products. Additionally, we offer a variety of RAL colours to perfectly fit in with the interior design of your setting. Click here to choose your desired option.



Through close consultation with you, we can accommodate the individual requirements of your environment. We appreciate that certain spaces need adjustments where necessary. With that in mind, we will work with you to discuss sizing and colour options to ensure that your practical and aesthetic needs are met.

As with all our products and services, we place the needs of the customer first. If you would like further information on this product, or any of our new products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions. Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote© ® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators. BioCote©  additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combines an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote© for a durable, high-quality finish. Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance. Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments. Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry. Contour has a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements. Contact us at: The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom+44 1952 290

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