Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through improved workplace health and safety
Project Budget- $1.0M
Partner Co-investment - $0.5M
Supercluster Co-investment- $0.5M
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 40 per cent of COVID-19 transmissions may come from people with pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases. This is challenging for employers developing an effective return-to-work plan. With a soaring unemployment rate in Canada, the key is to re-open the economy in ways that protect employees and the public without straining the healthcare system or placing significant cost burdens on employers. Addressing this challenge entails social distancing measures, contact tracing and screening.
In response, ecoMine, a Vancouver-based biochemistry company, led a study to assess the feasibility of an innovative, low-cost, on-the-spot screening technology for the detection of COVID-19 in risk management frameworks for workplace safety. Following a successful two-month assessment, the company is now leading Screen O/S, a project initially focused on improved screening for the education sector and the film industry. With partners such as Nomadic Pictures, Patriot One and the University of British Columbia, the project brings together Canadian expertise in areas such as infectious diseases, virology, software engineering, secure networking and cloud computing.
The team is working on a one-stop solution for instantly screening pathogens with the ability to provide reliable and anonymized risk reporting to leaders and regulators, as well as secure and private results directly to students and employees.
Over time, the plan is to expand to other impacted areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction, transportation and resources.