Pandemic opens door to innovative new StepHandle


A new way to avoid contact with contaminated surfaces is now available through 5th Axis, a San Diego, Calif.-based machinery manufacturer. The company has created the StepHandle, a door handle that can be operated with a foot.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has posed sanitation challenges to businesses and healthcare facilities across the globe. While it can be difficult to avoid contact with potentially contaminated surfaces, one San Diego, Calif.-based machinery manufacturer is aiming to limit that exposure by producing a door handle that can be operated with a foot.

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The StepHandle, manufactured by 5th Axis, is a small step that can be attached to the bottom of doors in less than 90 seconds in order to easily open and close them whilst limiting contact with surfaces to prevent cross contamination.

“In an effort to keep our workers safe during this global pandemic, we created this simple and safe way to avoid the spread of viruses and germs,” says Chris Taylor, Co-CEO of 5th Axis, in a company release. “We are excited to bring a product to market that can help other businesses around the world ‘step into safety.’”

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The product’s design consists of a raised lip and gripper teeth for traction while managing to avoid being a tripping hazard or sticking to shoes. The U.S.-made StepHandle is crafted out of aircraft-grade aluminum and available is red or silver.

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