Outbreaker Solutions is installing antimicrobial CSC yellow push-plates on swing doors at select LRT stations and transit centres.
“Our company is all about trying to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens on commonly-touched surfaces because after all, 80 per cent of infections are spread by our hands,” Outbreaker Solutions' co-founder Matt Hodgson told reporters. “We come in contact with some kind of contaminated surface and since we’re really bad at keeping our fingers out of our noses and mouths, pathogens enter our body, we become affected and this vicious cycle continues.”
Installation of the push-plates began at Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station on January 19, 2021 and will be added at nine other highly-frequented transit facilities during the coming month. Outbreaker Solutions joined forces with the city to offer antimicrobial surfaces for a six-month pilot project with the opportunity to extend based on results and user feedback.
Craig McKeown, Edmonton Transit Service director of LRT operations and maintenance, said there is no cost to taxpayers for this pilot partnership since the city is providing space for the product to be tested free of charge. He is hopeful it will benefit the health and safety of transit users and be extended if deemed necessary in the summer.