Face Protection in practice

Since your face is definitely a vulnerable part of your body, it is wise to invest in good face protection. Damage that affect the face can also cause damage to vital body parts like your eyes, mouth and nose. Face protection should therefore not be taken lightly.



Face shields are made from different types of materials. The different materials are polycarbonate, propionate, mesh and acetate.


When it comes to the need for protection against great heat and impact, polycarbonate is the way to go. It is however not that resistant to chemicals. Some of these shields do have coatings and features a thickness that improve its chemical resistance slightly. There are also polycarbonate shields available that come with a UV filter - this usually has the letter "U" in its markings.


Propionate shields protect the face from chemical splashes. These masks usually don't protect very well from impact but there are some available which has enough thickness to meet the standards and requirements for impact protection.


Mesh face shields are good for use in a humid environment and other environments that requires plenty of ventilation. The mesh provides comfort and ventilation but might not offer a lot of protection when it comes to UV rays, impact or chemicals.


If it is resistance to chemicals and scratches you are looking for, an acetate face shield is the one to buy. It is however not very resistant against impact.


Face shields are also categorised by its type of protection (like side protection) that it offers.


It is important to know what environments you will be exposed to and what you will need protection from when buying a face shield. May this article help you to make an informed decision!

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