Other Face and Eye Protection - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Other Face and Eye Protection

Goggles help protect only your eyes from splatters. A face shield provides splatter protection to facial skin, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Face shields

  • Face shields protect the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth from splashes of body fluids (during procedures and patient care activities that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood, body fluids, secretions and/or excretions).

  • Wear a face shield when facial skin protection is needed in addition to eye, nose and mouth protection.

  • A face shield may be worn with an N95 respirator in place of goggles to provide eye and face protection.

  • The face shield should cover the forehead, extend below the chin and wrap around the side of the face.

  • Face shields should be warn as part of Standard Precautions.


  • Goggles are a barrier style of protection for the eyes.

  • Goggles should fit snuggly over and around the eyes or prescriptive lenses.

  • Note: prescriptive lenses do not provide adequate eye protection.

  • Goggles should be warn as part of Standard Precautions.

Updated Tuesday, 29-Jan-2019 20:23:37 CST