Face Shield Testing

Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many people for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, Bacterial spray and spatter of body fluids. Face shields are generally not used alone, but in conjunction with other protective equipment and are therefore classified as adjunctive personal protective equipment. Generally, a face shield is situated at the crown of the head and is constructed with plastic to cover the user’s eyes and face. Face Shields Intended for a Medical Purpose must not contain any materials that will cause flammability, or the product meets Class I or Class II flammability requirement per 16 CFR 1610

The main tests for face shield are follows.


  • Penetration of Synthetic Blood Testing (ASTM F1862)
  • Flammability Testing (16 CFR 1610)
  • Quality of material and surface (EN 167:2001)
  • Robustness (EN 168: 2001)
  • Resistance to Ageing (EN 168;2001)
  • Resistance to Ultraviolet radiation (EN 168;2001)
  • Resistance to corrosion (EN 168;2001)
  • Resistance to Ignition (EN 168;2001)
  • Protection against high speed particles (EN 168;2001)
  • Protection against droplet or splashed of liquid (EN 168;2001)
  • Protection against molten metals or hot solids (EN 168;2001)
  • Protection against large dust particles (EN 168;2001)
    • EN ISO 13688 Protective clothing — General requirements
    • EN 14126-B Protective clothing – Performance requirements and tests methods for
    • protective clothing against infective agents
    • EN 13034 PROTECTION AGAINST LIQUID CHEMICALS or Protective clothing against
    • liquid chemicals – performance requirements for clothing with liquid-tight (Type 3) or
    • spray-tight (Type 4) connections, including items providing protection to parts of the
    • body only (Types PB [3] and PB [4])
    • EN 343 for water and breathability or equivalent

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