In the time of COVID-19, a need for additional PPE in the form of face shields was deemed required for safe laboratory work when in the presence of other students and faculty. An inexpensive method was devised to convert standard laboratory safety goggles into a face shield through the use of commercially available plastic report or presentation covers (sometimes called binding covers). This LO describes the fabrication process along with chemical compatibility and flammability testing of the purchased plastic sheets.
A student will construct a face shield from lab safety goggles and a plastic presentation cover.
A student will practice enhanced lab safety by wearing the face google shield to protect from COVID-19.
A student will recognize the importance of inexpensive, do-it-yourself solutions in running scientific experiments.
Lab safety googles
Plastic presentation or report covers, size 8.5 x 11
Scissors or a box cutter
Students will be provided with a plastic sheet with two pre-cut slits. They will then assemble the face shield by attaching the plastic sheet to their safety goggles. This activity will take place on the first day of lab. We expect students to keep their sheet attached to their goggles for the semester, but the plastic sheet could be removed and reattached weekly if storage is an issue.