Phillips Hfh01 Door Extension

Phillips Industries fighting COVID-19 through employee creativity

Aug. 4, 2020
Pivot during downtime at Mexico facility leads to production of STA-SAFE Hands-Free Door Extension

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in its facilities and surrounding communities, Phillips Industries recently created a hands-free door extension, the STA-SAFE, which attaches to public door handles.

Phillips says its goal of making products that make a difference doesn’t only apply to heavy-duty truck parts. The company has sought to do its part to fight the novel coronavirus since the pandemic’s inception, both within the company, to protect employees, and outside of the organization. Phillips encouraged employees to be creative in devising uses for idle equipment during COVID-19-related downtime in company factories, and the STA-SAFE extension is a product of that creativity.

“With the kernel of an idea for a hands-free handle attachment that could make a real difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, our team in Mexico quickly designed the STA-SAFE extension,” said Rob Phillips, president and CEO. “They produced engineering and tooling drawings that utilized our temporarily inactive CNC equipment to make them.

“I admire the creativity and effort put forth to produce this product.”

The STA-SAFE’s design decreases the risk of spreading germs on public door handles, one of the most highly utilized contact surfaces. The forearm operated door handle is hands-free, and quick and easy to install with no drilling required, Phillips said. It includes three inserts to ensure a perfect fit on most door pull applications. Made with recycled, non-corrosive material, the STA-SAFE is durable and UV and weather resistant. The STA-SAFE comes with installation instructions and a sticker to place on the door with a visible representation of how to use the product to avoid confusing patrons.

Phillips Industries shipped the initial run of 1,000 pieces to its distributors at no cost to be used at their business or other businesses in their community. To order the STA-SAFE door extension, call 1-800-423-4512 and ask for part #HFH-01. Company logos can be added to orders of 100 or more.

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