A Cork company has developed a device designed to help fight the spread of Covid-19.
Pat Dennehy Signs Ltd in Pouladuff has produced a device which allows people to open and close doors without having to touch handles.
The C19 Handle Aid is produced in-house and is made of laser-cut acrylic, a durable material which can be cleaned or washed at low heat.
The handle aid is attached to a retractable lanyard which extends up to three feet and can be worn around the neck or attached to a belt loop to make it easily accessible for when required.
Owner of the company, Pat Dennehy, said that the idea for the handle aid came about when his own staff noticed they were constantly disinfecting door handles and using their elbows to push doors open.
He said that it got staff thinking about what they could do to help the frontline workers and to help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“It got us thinking if there’s anything we could do because we have a lot of CMC machinery, and laser cutting machines that ultimately have come to a standstill over the past couple of weeks.” The idea for the handle aid came to light in a production meeting and multiple versions were tried and tested before the final product was decided upon.
Mr Dennehy said that the company has been “kept going to a point” but business had dropped hugely since the Covid-19 emergency.
“We are providing essential services such as producing Covid-19 safety signage for various companies, county councils and the HSE, which has been keeping us busy.
“We hope the handle aid will get a little bit of traction and that we can help in whatever way we can.” The C19 Handle Aid will be sent free of charge to various hospitals in Cork to see if the device will be of use to staff.
Mr Dennehy said that the device can also be made available to members of the public it may benefit. He said that he is also happy to share the design with other businesses who have the capacity to produce the handle aids.