LA Tech student organization creates mobile hand washing stations for campus health, safety

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 4:46 PM CDT
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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Some students at LA Tech are adding a new addition to campus to help with COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

The Young Democratic Socialists of America student organization created two mobile hand washing stations for students, faculty, and staff on campus.

They placed the stations in the quad of campus which they said is a high traffic area. The goal is to help people access hygiene services while traveling to and from class or other parts of campus.

“If it’s in between public restrooms say you’re talking to friends or touching things on your backpack, on your purse, that’s how the virus spreads. It’s airborne but it’s also a contact thing and so the more we wash our hands and get the virus off of our hands, the better we can prevent that spread,” said YDSA member Ryan Vedros.

Vedros said they can’t take credit for the original idea, but hopes to fulfill the same purpose - greater access to hygiene services.

“I got the idea from a bunch of people across the country who do work with unhoused people especially during the pandemic,” Vedros said.

The two mobile stations come equipped with a foot pump, hand soap, and five-gallon water tank.

Vedros said student members will be monitoring the stations to refill water and soap on a daily basis. They will also be disinfecting it with bleach throughout the week.

Their goal is to raise money for more hand washing stations to place around campus once the fall quarter starts.

Students return to campus on September 9 and classes start on September 10.

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