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Face Shield

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Face shields can offer significant protection in applications where even safety goggles may not be enough protection. For some applications, using face shields in combination with ventilated goggles may also be appropriate. Particularly in lab applications and for jobs that have a risk of dangerous chemical splash, full facial protection is often necessary.

Face shields are available in many different forms. Some are attached to heavy-duty protective helmets, with or without chin guard. Others forgo helmets and include earmuffs. Some are full head protection, including chin guard, face shield, hardhat, and ear muffs. Depending on the specifics of your application, different degrees of protection are suitable.

For applications involving arc welding or other high-energy producing applications, thick, heat-resistant plastic is often necessary to protect against sudden energy bursts that may cause serious burns. Tinted glass and thick metal face shields are also available for heavy-duty welding and machining applications. A product's Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) number (in cal/cm squared, or calories per square centimeter), along with a full usage chart, can help you determine your needs.

Ordering Face Shields

Eye and face protection is commonly available from safety supply companies, as well as industrial and construction suppliers. Many companies have comprehensive online websites as well as traditional print catalogs, and can furnish you with product information and data specs as well. Some online vendors also offer quantity discounts, zone-based shipping, and live product support.


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