What to Look For When Buying a Face Shield for Medical Professionals

Purchasing face shields and PPE for COVID-19 is a difficult undertaking as there are numerous factors to consider that can be ignored due to the demands and variety of options in the market. In this blog post, we'll look at several critical factors to help you make the most suitable decision possible while keeping the safety of your medical team in mind.

User Comfort

In some cases, a face shield may be required for a four-hour shift or longer, therefore it's critical that your user is comfortable wearing it for lengthy periods of time. This is a significant c

challenge for shield designers, since they must take into account the various shapes and sizes of the human skull in order to provide adaptability and comfort and cater for all head shapes and sizes. 

TGA Approvals

Knowing that your face shield has been authorised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will give you peace of mind that it complies with proper federal guidelines and regulations for safe use in Australia. Under TGA criteria, a face shield is considered a visor. A visor is a clear personal protective equipment designed to protect a healthcare worker's face and eyes from needless exposure to blood and other body fluid splashes while performing a clinical or laboratory operation. Visors can be used with prescription eyeglasses as well as protective masks.

Optical Clarity

When it comes to selecting the correct face shield, optical clarity is crucial. It's critical that the material has a high degree of transparency and little distortion. Viewing via a crisper, higher-quality lens aids your eyes into performing for longer periods of time with less tiredness and overall strain. PETG stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate (with a glycol modification), which is one of the most commonly used polymers today and provides excellent clarity.

Face Coverage

It's crucial to make sure your shield has adequate face protection. For best protection, the base of the shield should surpass the chin of a larger face, the top of the shield should exceed the brows, and the sides of the shields should go around and almost to the ears. Smaller masks should be avoided since they can be utilised to save money at the expense of user safety.

Working Distance 

The distance between your mouth and the interior of the shield is known as the working distance. Because of the depth of the N95 masks, this is an essential element that is sometimes ignored. It's a good idea to try on a shield with your larger masks, like a N95, because they're frequently used together. If your working distance is too short, your shield may press the mask against your face, causing irritation and friction.

Reusable or Disposable?

A single-use disposable face shield will most likely contain foam attached to the visor, making it porous and uncleanable. Single-use shields are often light in weight and can be wasteful when raw materials are scarce. Reusable models will almost certainly have a thicker and more robust visor, as well as a foamless and porous-free construction that allows every part to be submerged or wiped off before re-use.

Anti-Fogging and Anti-Glare

Anti-fogging characteristics can help with optical clarity, particularly in humid environments or when the user is sweating. Anti-fogging qualities can be included into the raw polymer and sprayed or wiped over the surface in some circumstances.


If you are looking for the most suitable face shield for your workplace, visit the platinum health website and browse through our range of products to find the perfect fit for you and your business. 

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