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The pandemic has brought many changes to our country and the way business is conducted. Personal protection against the spread of infection is now paramount and if you’re a stylist, barber, dentist, hygienist, work in retail or food service, the new normal will be the wearing of face masks and/or face shields.

A face shield is personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s used to protect the user's eyes, nose and mouth from bodily fluids, liquid splashes, particulates or potentially infectious materials. Typically, a face shield is situated at the crown of the head and is constructed with clear plastic to cover the user’s eyes and face. Face shields can be intended for medical or nonmedical (e.g., industrial) purposes.

Face shields come in a variety of styles, but all provide an optically clear plastic barrier that covers the facial region. For optimal protection, the shield should extend below the chin to the ears laterally, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The major structural components of a face shield include:

  • Visor
  • Frame
  • Suspension

Face Shield Performance Advantages

Face shields offer a number of advantages, especially over masks. One cough simulation study in 2014 found that a shield may reduce exposure by 96% when worn within 18 inches of someone coughing. While medical masks have limited durability and little to no potential for reprocessing, face shields can be reused indefinitely and are easily cleaned with soap and water or common disinfectants.

Face shields are comfortable to wear, protect the portals of viral entry and reduce the potential for self-contamination by preventing the wearer from touching their face. If masks aren’t applied and removed with clean hands, they can transmit infection rather than prevent it. The use of a face shield is also a reminder to maintain social distancing, but allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements which is important for the millions of Americans who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

People wearing medical masks often wear them wrong or pull them down to communicate with others around them; this is not necessary with face shields. Face masks are basically meant to keep an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic person from spreading disease to others. Face masks can create extra heat making them warm to wear and if a person wears prescription or safety glasses, fogging is very likely.  In addition, face masks are not meant to protect the face of wearer -- they leave other vulnerable parts of the face exposed, like the eyes.

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Featured Face Shields

Not all face shields are created equal! With so many options, shoppers can have difficulty selecting the best value for their dollar. Founded in 1986 during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, MDS has over 3 decades of PPE experience. Hand selected by MDS, the following face shields are competitively priced, comfortable and quality designed.

Superior® Disposable Face Shields

Quality made in Canada, these class 1 medical-grade Superior® 9-inch x 15-inch full face shields from Superior Glove® is  made with a heavier, optically clear and concave PET that protects the mouth, eyes, nose, ears and allows for freedom of movements. At 10-mil thickness, the shield can withstand multiple uses. The thick polyurethane foam rests comfortably and securely on the forehead and can absorb vast amounts of perspiration. STAYz-Up™ 14-inch x 1-inch adjustable head band is staple constructed and  withstands multiple adjustments. As an added bonus, they arrive fully assembled.  Shop for these Superior® Brand Face Shields here now+

Superior® Ball Cap Face Shields

Quality made in Canada, these anti-fog 10-inch x 15-inch Superior® full face shields from Superior Glove® are designed to be worn over a baseball-style hat/cap. The PET flares at the bottom so user can freely move the head without snagging the shield making them ideal for food processing, service technicians, couriers, bus drivers, law enforcement, food service, retail sales or sporting events. At 10-mil thickness, the shield can withstand flexing without “cracking” and multiple uses. STAYz-Up™ 14-inch x 1-inch adjustable head band features a staple construction that withstands multiple adjustments and keeps shield securely in place. Not for use by medical personal. You can shop for these Superior® Brand Ball Cap Face Shields here now+

Dynatomy™ Single-Use Face Shields

Dynatomy™ 9-inch x 13-inch Face Shields are FDA registered and affordably priced for one-time-use but durable enough to be washed and re-used. 100% made in the USA, they feature a 1½ foam head band and a 7-mil thick, optically clear PET face shield. The non-adjustable cloth covered head band is staple constructed. You can shop for these Dynatomy™ Brand Face Shields here now+

ValuBran Face Shields (image)

Made in the USA, these 9-inch x 13¼ durable face shields will protect the mouth, eyes, nose and temple region. At 10-mil thickness, they withstand multiple uses. This shield features a closed foam cell material that can be easily sanitized for re-use and features unique venting channels designed for an overall cooler wear experience.  Elastic, latex-free cloth-covered single retention headband adjusts to keep shield securely in place.  You can shop for these Face Shields here now+

 

Face shields are PPE that are commonly used as barrier protection for infection control purposes. Used by millions of workers that include healthcare workers, dental providers, veterinary care personnel, laboratory workers, food service, pre-hospital emergency medical providers, police, firefighters, and custodial staff dealing with spills and contaminated waste, face shields are an effective tool in infection prevention. But don’t take of word for it. Just tap the link below and ….

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