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UV-C Light cabinet to decontaminate used FFR masks

Producing verified designs for UV-C light cabinets for decontaminating used FFR masks

Created over 1 year ago
24 Volunteers

About the Project


The current shortage of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) might be alleviated if they could be reused by decontaminating them in a simple device - i.e. something a DIY person could build and supply to hospitals, GP surgeries, etc. There is evidence that a UV-C light cabinet might serve this purpose. This project seeks to encourage the production of such cabinets with the following key characteristics:

1) constructed from a design which has been tested for its effectiveness in decontaminating FFR masks against the SARS-Cov-2 virus as well as for its operator safety. Above all else the cabinet must be safe.
2) built at home using cheap, readily available components. DIY construction avoids the need for setting-up manufacturing facilities, distribution, etc.
3) checked for use at each location according to applicable regulations. The use of a DIY appliance at a hospital or GP surgery needs careful consideration, but at a minimum an electrician will need to check the cabinet is constructed according to the design and is safe to use.
4) used according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the design. A key part of the design is the production of clear instructions for the safe use of the cabinet which can be adapted for local requirements.

We envisage that multiple groups will undertake the development of a design and its subsequent testing. This project aims to support such groups by sharing information and providing common standards. We will also act as a central resource for DIY people seeking to select a verified design from which to build their own cabinets.

We are particularly interested in getting volunteers associated with Universities, particularly undergrads. This is because University labs are more likely to have the equipment and expertise necessary to undertake the testing and will hopeful support their own students in such a project.

How far along is it

Created GitHub project and wiki for the project
Prototype design complete (v4.0) - seeking peer review
Searching for sources of components

Help Needed

Tasks that need to get done

1. Produce design and source the main components - they need to be readily available in volume
2. Build prototype cabinet
3. Conduct scientific trial and peer review - does it work for SARS-Cov-2?
4. Create the parts list & sources as well as assembly instructions
5. Post design online together with instructions for use
6. Engage with larger organisations in order to encourage the formation of other groups developing designs with the same objective

Project details

Who is already working on this

Will - Software Developer, PhD (Large Clinical Trial)
Kai - Medical Doctor, GP Senior House Officer
Simon - Inventor

Helpful links - public GitHub project

Number of volunteers needed
Preferred Volunteer location
Organization status
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