Update to requirements for using a full face visor as PPE/RPE
12 Mar 2020
The following updates have been made to the NIPCM
Fluid Resistant Type IIR surgical face masks must be:
worn if splashing or spraying of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions onto the respiratory mucosa (nose and mouth) is anticipated/likely;
- a full face visor may be used as an alternative to fluid resistant Type IIR surgical face masks to protect against splash or spray. However, a full face visor alone is not sufficient when droplet precautions are being employed and a fluid resistant Type IIR surgical face mask and eye/face protection must be worn as outlined in Appendix 16.
All tight fitting RPE i.e FFP3 respirators must be:
- Compatible with other facial protection used i.e. protective eyewear so that this does not interfere with the seal of the respiratory protection. Regular corrective spectacles are not considered adequate eye protection. If wearing a valved, non-shrouded FFP3 respirator a full face shield/visor must be worn.
Poster below gives further information on compatibility of facial hair and FFP3 respirators and can be used when fit testing and fit checking.