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FAQ - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - 2016
 FAQ - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - 2016



After I recommended that hygienists use face shields, one of the attendees asked what kind of face shield would work while wearing loupes with relatively long lenses. Currently, she cannot find a face shield that sits far enough away from her face. I thought it a very good question and wonder if you have any suggestions. 

As a matter of policy, Ask OSAP does not review, evaluate, certify, recommend or endorse specific products. Ask OSAP can provide you with some general information on this topic.

In general, if there are further questions about procedures and specific products it is recommended that you consult with the manufacturer’s written instruction manual and/or contact the manufacturer of your product. For example, the manufacturer of the specific dental loupe product in question should be able to provide further information about appropriate face shields to use.

Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit the employee´s physical capabilities and limitations. 1

From an ergonomic standpoint, it has been established that substantial anthropometric variability exists among the various US workforce populations.2  In a case such as this, in order to obtain equipment to properly fit the employee, the employee may have to do some research. Once again, such research may include contacting the dental loupe manufacturer for further information. Or, it can include attendance at dental conferences such as the upcoming 2016 OSAP Annual Conference where the employee can speak to equipment vendors and examine product samples and find appropriate products/product combinations the properly fit the employee and that they are most comfortable with. 

You may also find some information in the Google search below to be of interest:

face shield for dental loupes 3 


1)     National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders. .  Accessed on April 11, 2016.

2)     National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Anthropometry.   Accessed on April 11, 2016.

3) Search using the terms “face shield for dental Loupes.”   Accessed on April 11, 2016. 






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