Pipe Boxing: Why It’s Essential In Young Offender Institutions

For young offender institutions, pipe boxing is essential for a more practical and safety-conscious approach.

Pipe boxing helps to reduce issues surrounding the misuse of contraband and the risk of injury through scalding that’s either self-inflicted or during confrontations.

Pipe boxing is robust and a hygienic solution that can be made from 2mm Zintec steel. Read on to find out why it’s essential in young offender institutions…


Reducing Stash Points In Young Offender Institution Cells

With high suicide levels and bullying within YOI’s, articles have discovered that radiators can be used as stash points for weapons or blades. Stash points also can be used to handle contraband.

Cell searches are described by two basic types. One type is with a routine cell search and the other is with a routine-plus cell search:

  • A Routine search is a level- A rub-down search and a cell search, with a metal detector
  • A Routine- Plus search is a full body search and may also involve a property record check, in addition to a cell search

In spite of the level of the search that takes place, smuggled goods such as drugs and mobile phones continue to be an area of trouble in YOI environments.

It’s not unusual for a traditional cell design to have unprotected pipework running along the perimeter of the cell. This causes a variety of opportunities for offenders to stash drugs, phones, and other contraband.


Contour’s Pipe Boxing Solution

With Contour’s pipe boxing, the exposed pipework is fully encapsulated by a 2mm Zintec steel casing, making it highly effective at deterring offenders from stashing contraband in their YOI cells.

Our IP3x grilles can be punched directly into the sheet material to provide ventilation grilles. Pipe coils within cells contribute to the heating so having the option to have ventilation grilles that comply with MOJ standards is key.


A Safe Solution For YOI Cells

With elevated rates of bullying, violence is a common occurrence in the UK’s custodial sector. Articles state that unsafe conditions and suicide is immense in YOI’s.

There are several chances for offenders to inflict violence upon themselves and fellow offenders, with scalding being a popular method.

Exposed piping can reach up to a staggering 80°C. If an inmate were to be held against an unprotected area of pipework, the chances of severe injury through scalding is considerable.

To avoid this risk, Contour’s pipe boxing delivers a safer surface temperature, minimising the risk of severe injury.


Pipe Boxing Provides A Robust Performance

Improvised weapons are becoming a common issue. They are generally made by destructing and altering objects and furniture into something sharp-with the intent of using it as a weapon

Therefore, it’s important to equip cells with strong, damage-proof fixtures, fittings and furniture.

Contour’s 2mm Zintec Steel pipe boxing reduces the risk of harm due to its solid and sturdy material. This reduces the potential of offenders creating sharp objects from any area around the pipework.


Exceptional Levels Of Hygiene

Cleaning can be made achievable with Contours pipe boxings smooth surface exterior. This is ideal for environments that may be subject to unsanitary conditions.

With the smooth casing, Contour’s pipe boxing allows for effective and thorough sanitation, reducing the risk of cross-contamination and illnesses.



Unmasked pipework in YOI’s continues to be a problem regarding the safety and behaviour of offenders.

Contour’s steel pipe boxing provides essential protection against damage, violence, and the stashing of contraband.

To talk more about the specification of anti-ligature and pipe boxing solutions in Young Offender Institution environments, talk to one of our experts today.New call-to-action

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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 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 regards us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

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