Video still of cleaning face shields
1:48
Read transcript

Hi, I’m Professor Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Australian Government Department of Health.

To clean and disinfect a reusable shield you can either choose to clean your own shield or disinfect multiple shields at the same time.

You can use:

  • a household, commercial or hospital-grade disinfectant detergent solution, or
  • a disinfectant wipe.

Disinfectants containing household bleach or greater than 70% alcohol are suitable for use.

For the purposes of this video we will be demonstrating using a wipe when disinfecting one shield and using a detergent solution for multiple shields.

If you choose to disinfect your own shield:

  • Ensure you are wearing PPE.
  • Carefully wipe the inside using a clean cloth with a detergent solution or a wipe.
  • Then wipe the straps and the outside of the shield.
  • Wipe the face shield with clean water to remove residue if you used a detergent solution.
  • Dry the shield and store in a dry location.

If you choose to disinfect multiple face shields:

  • Ensure you are wearing PPE.
  • Carefully wipe the inside using a clean cloth with a detergent solution or a wipe.
  • Then wipe the straps and the outside of the shield.
  • Wipe the face shield with clean water to remove residue if you used a detergent solution.
  • Dry the shield and store in a dry location.

Face shields can be kept on for as long as they remain intact, and should be replaced when they are scratched.

Video type: 
Training
Description: 

Professor Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Australian Government Department of Health, explains how to clean and disinfect reusable face shields.