Why wear a face shield?

A worker wears a face shield to protect the entire face from splashes and contaminants in the workplace. They are not designed to take the place of safety glasses. For additional protection to the worker, a face shield and safety glasses may be worn simultaneously.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports year after year that injuries to the face in the workplace account for a large percentage of all injuries on jobs today. Eye injuries are one of the highest risk injuries for construction workers today. The use of safety glasses under the face shield is additional protection to the worker’s eyes. Face shields can protect the rest of the face and can reduce or eliminate surface wounds or abrasions to the face.Tascosa Building Supplies can help you decide the correct face shield for your needs.

Why wear a face shield?

Face shields are designed to reduce the risk of hurting a worker’s face. The face shield protects the whole face from chemical splashes to flying debris. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to protect workers when splashes from chemicals are being used. Chemical splashes can cause immediate skin and eye damage.

Face shields provide an extra layer of protection to the eyes over and beyond what safety goggles can provide. Using safety goggles under a face shield protects the eyes with an additional layer of protection. However, the eyes are not the only thing that needs protection from the neck up. The rest of the face needs to be protected also.

What does a face shield do for the worker?

A face shield provides an extra layer of protection to the face. It protects the workers face from some impact hazards from things flying around in the workplace. They do not protect the face from large items. Face shields are designed to protect the worker from impact hazards to the face from things like smaller flying fragments, larger material chips, and certain particulates that are commonly found flying around the worker on a job site.

Note that face shields sit off the face and as close to the skin and eyes as possible. Potentially, something in the workplace could fly between the face and face shield. This action could injure a worker’s face and eyes. However, face shields provide a general layer of protection for the whole face. They can protect the worker from chemicals, cuts, and burns of a specific nature. Depending on the job, additional layers of protection may be needed for more protection to the face and eyes.

What kind of face shield should you use?

The type of face shield you use determines the conditions of the job place and what protection is required to protect the worker. One has to understand the options available in face shields to know the correct face shield to use in any workplace.

A significant decision in selecting the proper face shield for a job is to decide the correct type of window (visor) on the face shield. Excellent visibility is essential to maintain safety on the job. The weight of the face shield may be something to think about. Some window materials are more scratch resistant than other materials. Maybe the worker is using chemicals. The face shield may need to be made of a specific material depending on the chemical.

If a worker is required to wear a hard hat, you will need a face shield that fits the hard hat correctly and is adjustable. Another type of face shield would be an adjustable one that fits directly onto the worker’s head.

Concrete Products PRO can assist with all your face shields.

With all of the various types of face shields available to you today, choosing the correct ones is a top priority for preventing injuries on the job. Call or visit Concrete Products PRO, and we will help you with all of your face shield needs for any project.

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