Face Shields & Visors

Eye protection and face visors should be worn when there is a risk of contamination to the eyes from the splashing of blood, bodily fluids, excretions, or secretions (including respiratory secretions). Depending on the risk assessment, the following eye protection may be worn:

  • Goggles/Safety Spectacles
  • Surgical mask with integrated visor
  • Full face shield or visor

Visors provide a barrier protection to the facial area and related mucus membranes (eyes, nose, lips) and are an alternative to goggles. Visors should be used if an aerosol-generating procedure is performed. They should cover the forehead, extend past the chin, and wrap around the side of the face. Visors are available in both disposable and reusable forms.

Regular corrective spectacles are not considered adequate eye protection for COVID-19, and therefore it is recommended to wear eye protection over the spectacles.

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Visors FAQs

Following recent Government guidelines customer facing people, shop workers, Hairdressers/Barbers, Hospitality workers etc.

Visors should be worn in conjunction with a face covering to protect the wearer, and the ‘customer’ from droplets expelled when talking, sneezing, or coughing.

COVID-19 protection ‘type’ visors are not for industrial use and should be only used in the specified areas.

Industrial visors are specifically tested to stringent European standards and are impact rated for their specific use.

COVID-19 ‘type’ visors do not meet these standards, but the materials need to have passed NHS assurance with the materials used.

Industrial visors however can be used for COVID-19 protection.

Yes, visors tend to be reusable. Ensure you follow the process by washing and thoroughly disinfecting then before reuse.