Tactical Handcuff and Softcuff Training
Physical Intervention and the use of Restraint Techniques are a health and safety risk, and the risk of injury to both service-users and staff alike can be very high.
What can be done to minimise or eliminate the risk when the level is unacceptably high?
Physical Intervention is a manual handling activity and is therefore, as such, covered by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These regulations actually state that, where-ever possible, the manual handling of any load should be automated or mechanised.
In the case of restraint therefore, the use of hand-cuffs or another suitable restraint equipment should therefore be considered as part of the risk assessment process. Contrary to popular belief, the safe and correct use if restraint equipment is lawful in accordance with the law regarding reasonable force, human rights and health and safety legislation. Therefore, in certain high-risk situations it may be necessary, as well as lawful, for front-line staff to use restraint equipment .
The benefits are as follows:
– Simple and effective to use.
– Reduces the risk of having to use restraint for a long period of time.
– Cost-effective and time-saving.
– Prevents the restriction of breathing on the part of the service-user.
– Assists in making the moving and handling of people easier.
However, it is also the responsibility of the employer (in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) to provide the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision to staff as required. This is where N Davies Training can assist.
Tactical Handcuff training (as well as the new Softcuff variant) will provide your staff with the following knowledge and skills:
- An understanding of the main reasons as to why restraint equipment (handcuffs and softcuffs) is used.
- An understanding of the health & safety provisions with regard to the use of restraint equipment including: sections 2,3 and 7 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Reg 3(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at work Regulations 1999, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, as well as the significance of new offences created under the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
- An understanding of the law in relation to the use of reasonable force and how this relates to the use of restraint equipment, including Section 3(1) Criminal Law Act 1967, Common Law, Section 117 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Articles 2, 3 and 5 of Human Rights Act 1998.
- An understanding of the relevance of other area of guidance, as appropriate. For example: the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice and NICE guidance.
- An understanding of any medical implications to using restraint equipment, including reducing the risk of positional asphyxia.
- Instruction in how to apply handcuffs and softcuffs to a passive subject, an aggressive subject and how to remove equipment safely and correctly.
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