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PPE Selection - Impact Hazards: Face Shields
Face Shield Protection Face shields are intended to protect the entire face or portions of it from impact hazards such as flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles. When worn alone, face shields do not protect employees from impact hazards. Use face shields in combination with safety spectacles or goggles, even in the absence of dust or potential splashes, for additional protection beyond that offered by spectacles or goggles alone. 

Face shield windows are made with different transparent materials and in varying degrees or levels of thickness. These levels should correspond with specific tasks. Window and headgear devices are available in various combinations to enable the worker to select the appropriate equipment:
Face shield windows extend from the brow to below the chin and across the entire width of the face.
  • Windows are available in both removable or lift-front designs:

    • Removable windows allow the replacement of damaged windows.
    • Lift-front windows may be raised, as needed, or left in the lowered position.
  • Plastic windows:

    • Protect against light impact
    • May include a glass insert
    • Are available clear or filtered 

Plastic Window
Figure 1:
Plastic Window
  • Wire-screen windows:

    • May include a plastic/glass insert
    • Protect against some moderate impact
    • Are not recommended for use involving chemical or liquid hazards

Wire-screen Window
Figure 2:
Wire-Screen Window
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Headgear supports the window shield and secures the device to the head.
  • Adjustable Headgear
    Figure 3:
    Adjustable Headgear
    Adjustable headgear:

    • Includes straps that allow the user to manipulate the size of the headgear to ensure a proper fit
    • Allows face shields to be shared between employees 
  • Hard Hat with Face Shield
    Figure 4:
    Hard Hat with Face Shield
    Hard hats with face shields:

    • May have a window shield mounted under the visor of the hat
    • Include face shields that may be plastic, wire-screen, lift-front, or removable

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