Fact Sheet

Face Protection 29 CFR 1926.102

Face shields and visors are available to resist impact and penetration in most applications. Headgear for face shields and visors needs to be adjusted for personalized fit. Visors must be securely attached to the headgear via manufacturer’s instructions. Where a severe impact hazard, such as in grinding or sanding, exists a face shield should be used as a secondary safety device. OSHA requires that when face shields are used, primary eye protection must also be worn.


American National Standards Institute
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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, OSH Answers: Safety Glasses and Face Protectors

OSHA Eye and Face Protection eTool

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA 3151-12R, 2003, page 9-16, Personal Protective Equipment