Face Protection

Last updated: June 7, 2017

What Does Face Protection Mean?

Face protection is a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is designed to shield the entire face. This includes any variety of face shield made to cover the entire face and can be attached to a helmet or other protective device. Face protection comes in many different varieties and provides different kinds of protection for different hazardous situations.

Safeopedia Explains Face Protection

Face protection should be selected specifically for the task that it is required for based on a risk assessment and a safety plan. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides standards for the testing and design of different varieties of face protection. Businesses must comply with OSHA’s standards when selecting PPE.

Examples of full face protection include full visors or face masks to protect the eyes, nose and mouth from infection when working with substances that may splash, such as blood. There are varieties of full facial protection that include respiratory protection when dealing with noxious gases or particles that may damage the eyes.


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