Dura-Max Protective Face Shield Details
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Face shields are personal protective equipment (PPE) devices that are used by many workers (e.g., healthcare, retail, hospitality, essential services) for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids.
Healthcare workers' faces have been reported to be the body part most commonly contaminated by splashes, sprays and spatter of body fluids. A face shield is classified as personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides barrier protection to the facial area and related mucous membranes (eyes, nose, lips).
A face shield offers a number of potential advantages, as well as some disadvantages, compared with other forms of face/eye protection used in healthcare and related fields. The millions of potential users of face shields include healthcare workers, dental providers, veterinary care personnel, manufacturing operators, laboratory workers, pre-hospital emergency medical providers, police, firefighters, and custodial staff.
OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard (1910:1030 subpart (d)(3)(i)) states: "Masks in combination with eye protection devices, such as goggles or glasses with solid side shields, shall be worn whenever splashes, spray, spatter, or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated and eye, nose, or mouth contamination can be reasonably anticipated.
Our Dura-Max Protective Face Shields are made of a 10 mil thick, medical grade polyester, and the EZ-Fit headband is constructed of a 20 mil high-impact PVC material.
Our Dura-Max Protective Face Shields ship flat, making them not only easy to ship, but easy to store as well.
As highlighted in a recent Institute of Medicine report, an experiment utilizing a cough aerosol simulator loaded with influenza virus (aerosol volume mean diameter of 8.5 μm) and a breathing simulator, it reported a 96% and 92% reduction in the risk of inhalational exposure immediately after a cough while using a face shield at distances of 18 in.
The World Health Organization's health care facility recommendations for standard precautions include a face shield as an alternative to the use of a medical/surgical or procedural mask with eye protection (eye visor or goggles). Similarly, the Ohio State Dental Board guidelines for infection control states that dental healthcare workers need not wear medical/surgical masks when wearing an appropriate face shield that provides protection at both the top and the sides.
Advantages of face shields compared with other forms of face/eye protection (i.e., protective facemasks [filtering facepiece respirators, medical/surgical masks], goggles, safety glasses) are the following:
- More comfortable
- Protect a larger portion of the face
- Less retained dermal facial heat
- Less fogging than goggles
- Less claustrophobic
- No impact on breathing resistance
- No fit testing required
- Can be disinfected easily
- Wearers do not need to be clean shaven
- Easy to put on and take off
- Relatively inexpensive
- No impact on vocalization
- Can be worn concurrent to other face/eye PPE
- Do not impede facial nonverbal communication
- Reduced patient anxiety
- Protects against self-inoculation over a wider facial area
- May extend the useful life of a protective facemask when used concurrently
The Dura-Max Protective Face Shield contains two parts:
- Dura-Max Protective Face Shield
- EZ-Fit Headband
Remove the EZ-Fit Headband and peel off the protective tape on both sides if applicable until the shield is crystal clear.
Note: The film may be clear and hard to see
Slide the EZ-Fit Headband through the vertical slots located on the edge of the Dura-Max Face Shield.
Insert the edge of the Dura-Max Face Shield into the EZ-Fit Headband tabs.
Repeat step #3 on the other side of the Dura-Max Face Shield.
Notch the tails of the EZ-Fit Headband together.