COVID-19: DSTA designs adjustable, reusable face shield for frontline workers

Staff Writer, Singapore
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DSTA has designed FaceProtect+, an adjustable and reusable face shield for frontline workers. (PHOTO: Defence Science and Technology Agency)
DSTA has designed FaceProtect+, an adjustable and reusable face shield for frontline workers. (PHOTO: Defence Science and Technology Agency)

SINGAPORE — Engineers at Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have designed an adjustable and reusable face shield to offer additional protection for frontline workers against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Called FaceProtect+, the face shield protects users and those they interact with against accidental fluid splashes and droplets, according to a DSTA media release on Tuesday (14 April).

It has an adjustable frame that caters to different face sizes, including bespectacled users, making it more ergonomic. It also has a wider, longer and thicker visor as compared to commercial off-the-shelf face shields. This increases coverage of the face and makes it more resilient for use outdoors where winds may be strong.

Reusable and easy to maintain

In addition to being reusable, FaceProtect+ is easy to maintain by washing with soap and water after use. It is also designed such that the visors can be easily replaced should there be any wear and tear.

DSTA is working with industry partner Racer Technology to locally manufacture FaceProtect+. It is also in the process of supplying the face shields to various public agencies, including the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces, the Ministry of Manpower and the Land Transport Authority.

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