The most up to date advice comes from the UK government’s PPE hub; at the time of writing, summary guidance from content there is included here.
If you are working in health or social care settings, you may need to wear a face shield at some times. (UK government advice does not recommend face shields in other settings at this time.)
The following examples are from UK government guidance and you can find the latest advice here.
- If you are working in secondary care inpatient or similar settings, check this table for advice on whether face protection is needed and whether it should be single use or worn for a whole session.
- If you are working in primary care, community or social care settings, check this table for advice on whether face protection is needed or not.
- If you are working in pharmacies, ambulances or transport, check this table for advice on whether face protection is needed or not.
If you are performing aerosol-generating procedures in a setting with sustained transmission of COVID-19 you should have a single use face shield.
If you are working in a care home, you may need eye protection if you are caring for (touching or within 2m of) someone who is repeatedly coughing, for example. A face shield is an option in this case.
If face protection is in short supply, single-use items may be reused.
- The standard method of cleaning is to use a detergent product either combined/ sequentially with a decontamination product as agreed by the local infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists.
- They should be rinsed thoroughly to remove any residual detergent or cleaning product and left to dry.
For advice on how to put on / take off face shields, see this page.