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PPE: Face Shields

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In specific circumstances where 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained, owing to the requirements of an activity or restraints in a space, Lehigh may require the use of plastic face shields for supplemental personal protection.

This guidance does not replace the requirement for face coverings in all spaces on campus, and cloth face coverings or masks will still be required in conjunction with the face shield.

Scenarios for use of Face Shields
  • Researchers and instructors, teaching assistants, staff, and students (in instructional labs) should wear face shields when close proximity work (less than 6’) is required for an extended period of time.  Face shields may be worn for additional protection over a face mask in other circumstances where social distancing may not be possible.  In addition to the lab example above, this may include computer Labs, studios, workshops, and instructional spaces.

Face Shield Design Guidelines
  • Must be made of waterproof, clear, plastic material. 

  • Must cover the eyes, nose and mouth and extend to cover the ears and below the chin

  • Must fit without a gap at the forehead

  • Should be substantial enough to remain in place without excessive readjustment.

  • If the face shield appears damaged or torn – discard and obtain a replacement. 


Cleaning Procedures for Reuse

It is strongly recommended that face shields are distributed to individuals for their care and maintenance and to reduce the risk of cross contamination.  Share face shields should only be used when no other option is available and when proper cleaning and sanitizing can be ensured.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommended instructions for cleaning and disinfection.

When manufacturer instructions for cleaning and disinfection are not available, face shields may be cleaned as follows while wearing gloves:

  • Carefully wipe the inside, followed by the outside of the face shield using a clean cloth saturated with neutral detergent solution or a cleaner wipe.

  • Carefully wipe the inside, followed by the outside of the face shield using a wipe or clean cloth saturated with EPA-List N registered disinfectant solution.  Allow for appropriate disinfectant dwell time.

  • If the shield is streaked or has a cloudy film, clean the shield with a soft, water dampened cloth or use an alcohol pad.

  • Fully dry (air dry or use clean absorbent towels).

  • Properly dispose of all cleaning materials.

  • Remove gloves and wash hands thoroughly.


Obtaining Face Shields

For more information on whether face shields should be used in a particular circumstance, or how to acquire them, please email