Designs available in the UK
Several community face shield designs are being produced in the UK. We have reviewed the following designs:
Design features to look for
- Elastic (e.g. Delve Badger Shield): Generally one size fits all. Some variants have adjustable tension. Difficult to sterilise.
- Clip (e.g. Kitronik): Somewhat fiddly but adjustable. Easy to sterilise.
- Buckle (e.g. Apple): Sterilisable and adjustable.
- Strapless (e.g. Verkstan): Can get uncomfortable over time.
Brow guard (stops droplets going over visor and running down user’s brow)
- Could increase fogging issues
- May make the face shield more rigid, less adaptable to head shape
- Not officially required but preferred by some users, especially for risky aerosol generating procedures
Headband comfort and fit
- “In order to be efficacious, face shields must fit snugly (12) to afford a good seal to the forehead area (39) and also to prevent slippage of the device.” (Roberge 2016)
- Wider is typically more comfortable.
- No burrs or protrusions (like rivets or staples).
- Foam is anecdotally preferred for comfort and typical of pre-covid-19 disposable designs.
- Lightweight is ideal because thick visors, like those used for impact protection, can get tiring if worn for long periods.
Clear visor size and construction
- Ideal: Robust, clear, and with good coverage.
- Some acetate and A4-based designs provide bare minimum of coverage.
- Very thin visors can crease and damage easily, or cause distortion or distraction.
- More information about coverage and regulations [here]
- Designs with porous elements, like foam, elastic or 3D prints, are more difficult to sterilise for reuse than smooth film or injection molded designs.