COVID-19 Maker Challenge

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We are seeking ideas for COVID-19 related challenges from the Environmental Management Service community (Custodial/Housekeeping Staff).

Share the problems that are making cleaning and disinfecting essential workspaces difficult right now.

What tasks could be made easier or more effective?

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Healable Mask

 During current pandemic situation, it is essential to wear a mask for our self protection . Our usual masks can protect us from the entry of pathogens.But Healable mask can prevent the entry of pathogens and heal  respiratory diseases, cold, fever as well. Healable Mask contains four layers made up of some herbs like Thulasi,Turmeric, Neem etc., The outermost layer is made up of cotton used for filtering . The second layer is coated with activated carbon. The third layer is...

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Sterilizing Bat

STERILISING BAT Sterilising Bat is a bat containing holdable microscope connected with a mobile.It is used to kill the bacteria in the surroundings. The bat scan the surroundings wherever we are exposing and if it finds any pathogens then it will display on the mobile screen which is connected to the bat.Now the user can press the button provided on the bat so that the disinfectant filled within the bat will start spraying into it.It is an effective method of sterilisation. It can...

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Sanitation stations

For hotels and other facilities, there is concern about staff, guests and their belongings carrying contaminants as they enter a facility. Some sort of sanitation station for the front and back of house to clean shoes, luggage, etc. could prevent contamination and transmission. 

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Prioritizing high traffic areas

Cleaning tasks have become more extensive and time-consuming for staff in hospitals, hotels, etc, yet these facilities find themselves more short-staffed than ever. One way to improve efficiency would be to have access to real-time information on which spaces are experiencing high traffic and are in greatest need of sanitation. 

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Going touchless

As the most frequently touched surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, and light switches can be hotspots for contaminants. A cost-effective solution to avoid touching these objects directly would have a huge impact. 

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Virus detection on surfaces/objects

Hotels, hospitals, and other facilities are in need of a system to prove to customers and patients that their spaces are clean and safe. The ability to identify contaminated surfaces and objects would be of tremendous value.

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Cleaning tracking

Cleaning tasks have become more extensive and time-consuming for staff in hospitals, hotels, etc, yet these facilities find themselves more short-staffed than ever. It would improve the efficiency and comprehensiveness of this critical sanitation work to have a way to better track the spaces that have been cleaned and those that have not throughout the workday. 

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Decontaminating cleaning equipment

There is a need for a solution to disinfect equipment between hospital and hotel rooms so that contaminants are not being transferred between rooms. As supplies are more scarce, it is important to find ways to reuse pieces of equipment without transmitting the virus. 

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Quick Decontamination of Custodial Uniforms

Most custodial staff wear their uniforms to and from work, which increase exposure coming into the hospital and leaving when employees go home to their families. They need a quick and efficient way to decontaminate uniforms and reduce the exposure risk to at home and at the hospital.

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Lack of Personnel to Clean High Traffic Areas of Patient Wards

Cleaning high traffic areas on patient wards requires frequent and detailed cleaning, but most locations do not enough personnel to support the extra custodial efforts. Examples of high traffic areas include surfaces like doorknobs, handrails, nursing stations, bathrooms, walls, waiting areas, etc. 

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