Face Shields are the Ultimate Solution for Eye and Face Protection
Face Shields are designed to provide eye protection as well as protection to the wearers whole face from a variety of hazards. There are many different types of Face Shields, from Protective Face Shields designed to protect industrial workers from fast flying objects, to lighter weight Plastic Face Shields and Medical Face Shields designed for medical use and for protection against virus’.
In 2020, with the rise of Covid 19, disposable and limited use Protective Face Shields have become very popular across all industries where social distancing is not possible. These Face Shields are economical and provide protection against splashes and droplets. When worn together with a properly fitted surgical mask, Face Shields offer protection from contamination to others, as well as to the wearer.
Australian Standards Certified
At Eye Protect, we pride ourselves on ensuring we only sell quality products which comply with Australian Standards. All Safety Glasses, Safety Goggles and industrial Face Shields such as the Bolle Sphere supplied by Eye Protect meet or exceed Australian Safety Standards, in particular AS/NZS 1337.1, the safety standard that specifies the minimum requirements for non-prescription eye and face protectors and associated oculars.
At Eye Protect, we supply safety glasses, safety goggles and face shields to businesses of all sizes from individuals, contractors & SMEs to Australia’s largest companies with 1000’s of employees. We can supply Face Shields in various quantities and offer bulk discounts for larger orders. For bulk orders, just call or email us using the Contact Us webform and our team can provide a custom quotation.
We can assist in the selection of the correct safety glasses, goggles and lenses according to your industry and work environment and can provide consulting services as required. We also offer a free trial program for employers with more than 20 employees to test different models prior to larger orders.
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If you have any questions, need a hand in selecting the right Face Shields or want to find out more about our consulting services, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Medical Face Shields
Medical Face Shields designed for protection against virus’ (such as Covid 19 / Corona Virus) commonly spread by splashes and droplets are a key component of PPE. These Full Face Shields are commonly made out of different types of plastic and are sometimes referred to as Plastic Face Shields. Medical Face Shields have advantages and disadvantages, and it is important for the wearer to understand these.
Droplet protection directly in front of the wearer (but not to the sides or underneath the shield).
The wearer’s face and facial expressions can be seen.
Some types of Face Shields may be cleaned, disinfected, and reused (depending on the manufacturer’s instructions).
Provide eye protection that a surgical mask cannot give.
Gaps to the sides and underneath the shield which may allow virus-laden droplets to infect mucous membranes (e.g. mouth, nose, eyes). To combat this and improve eye protection, we recommend pairing a Face Shield with a pair of Clear Safety Glasses or Positive Seal Foam Safety Glasses worn underneath.
How to Put on Limited Use or Disposable Medical Face Shield (Donning)
Bend forward slightly, holding on to the straps of the Face Shield with both hands. Do not touch the front of the Face Shield.
Expand the elastic with your thumbs and place the elastic behind your head, so that the foam rests on your forehead.
Once the Face Shield is on, check to make sure it covers the front and sides of your face and no areas are left uncovered. The forehead band should sit about 3cm above your eyebrows, with the bottom of the shield sitting below chin level.
You must always have the Face Shield down. The Face Shield should never be pushed to the “up” position.
If your visor does not stay in position, tighten by adjusting the elastic on the side of the Face Shield. Each type of Face Shield is slightly different.
Face Shields can be kept on for as long as they keep their shape and remain intact; and when appropriate steps are taken to avoid cross contamination.
Always follow the manufactures instructions.
How to Remove Limited Use or Disposable Medical Face Shield (Doffing)
At no time should the front of the Face Shield be touched.
Take off other PPE first and wash hands before taking off the Face Shield.
Tilt your head forward slightly, grab the strap at the temple and pull forward and over your head.
Dispose of the Face Shield safely if it isn’t reusable or place the used Face Shield into a bag or container to be transferred / collected to an area where cleaning or mass disinfection will occur.
Wash hands again.
Always follow the manufactures instructions.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Face Shields
Reusing single-use Face Shields is not recommended and they should be discarded immediately after use. Reusing should only be considered in the context of a critical supply issue. If available, the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU) should be followed. In the absence of instructions, seek advice from an infection control consultant before reusing Face Shields. There are two options for cleaning and disinfecting reusable Face Shields.
Option 1 - Cleaning and Disinfection By Each Wearer (Not Recommended)
Each worker cleans and cares for their own Face Shield. This can lead to varying degrees of cleanliness and disinfection. This method is not recommended.
Carefully wipe the inside followed by the outside of the Face Shield using a clean cloth saturated with neutral detergent solution, or a wipe.
Carefully wipe the outside of the Face Shield using a clean cloth saturated with a TGA registered hospital disinfectant solution or TGA registered disinfectant wipe.
Wipe the outside of the Face Shield with clean water to remove residue. To improve visibility, wipe the Face Shield with alcohol.
Fully dry (air dry on hooks allocated to individual staff which do not touch one another or use clean absorbent towels).
Place Face Shield in a ‘breathable’ storage receptacle.
Perform hand hygiene.
Option 2 - Mass Cleaning and Disinfection (Preferred Option)
Mass disinfection of multiple Face Shields is the preferred option.
PPE should be worn by the person undertaking the process.
Place all Face Shields in a container with a neutral detergent.
Carefully wipe the outside of each Face Shield using a wipe or clean cloth saturated with TGA registered hospital disinfectant solution or TGA registered disinfectant wipe.
Wipe the outside of each Face Shield with clean water to remove residue.
Avoiding contamination from the previous step, dry each Face Shield. One example is to use a different person who is wearing a gloves (hand hygiene prior and after glove use) to dry the shields.