PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), including N95 respirators, are important tools to ensure worker safety in a variety of hazardous environments, and the government agency in charge of testing and certifying many types of PPEs is the NPPTL (National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory) a division of NIOSH.
Each year, on September 5th, they promote N95 day to help educate employers, workers, hobbyists - and anyone else who might need respiratory protection - on how, and when, to use N95 respirator
For more on today’s festivities, and how you can participate, we’ve the following announcement from the NPPTL.
N95 Day is a time to recognize the importance of respiratory protection in the workplace and familiarize yourself with the resources available to help you make educated decisions when selecting and wearing a respirator.
Information Updated 9/5/2014
NOSH is excited! September 5 is here, and that means so is one of our favorite holidays – N95 Day! Once again we will be reaching out through our social media channels to bring you the best N95 filtering facepiece respirator information. There will be several ways for you to partake in the celebration, including a NIOSH Twitter chat, webinar, new infographics, and more! We know that life is busy. Work is even busier. If N95s are part of your workplace respiratory protection program, please take some time on September 5 to focus on your safety and get to know NIOSH and the resources we provide.
NIOSH Twitter Chat
NIOSH respiratory protection experts are practicing their words per minute typing speed! This forum is an opportunity to ask all your N95 respirator questions. @NIOSH and @NPPTL will focus on best practices when using N95 respirators. This is a non-industry specific chat, so we hope to hear from representatives across all types of N95-using workplaces.
Join us at 2:00 p.m. EST. We will be using the hashtag: #N95Chat for this Twitter chat. The best way to tune into this chat is by typing #N95Chat into your Twitter search box. Leading the discussion will be the Director of the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro.
This year, the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, the Total Worker Health group, and the Health Effects Laboratory Division are teaming up to focus on an important message that every N95 user and respiratory protection program administrator should always keep in mind– respirator preparedness is about proper practices every day. This N95 Day webinar will focus specifically on the healthcare industry. A panel of three NIOSH experts will talk about their individual research involving N95 respirators and how that research is important to respiratory protection programs and, ultimately, the N95 users in healthcare.
For more detailed information, go to our N95 Day 2014 Webinar page: Respirator Preparedness in Healthcare: Where Technology Meets Good Practices
Follow us @NPPTL and @NIOSH on twitter (#N95Day) and as well as on the NIOSH facebook page.
Some earlier blogs on N95 day, and the use of N95 respirators include: