Note: This is day 4 of National Preparedness Month. Follow this year’s campaign on Twitter by searching for the #NatlPrep hash tag. This month, as part of NPM15, I’ll be rerunning some updated preparedness essays, along with some new ones.
Over the past 12 months the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) – like N95 respirators (and gloves, gowns, eye protection, etc.) – have gotten a good deal of attention, what with the surge in Ebola cases, sporadic MERS outbreaks, and the introduction of HPAI H5 viruses into North American poultry.
The experts in protective equipment are the folks at the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) which is part of The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and each September they celebrate National N95 Day (usually on 9/5 but this on 9/4).
Although we deal primarily on the medical arena in this blog, there are thousands of industrial and non-medical applications that require PPEs, and so knowing the right equipment for each job, and how to use them, are skills important to the health and safety of a lot of people.
First, a link to, and some excerpts from, today’s N95 day festivities, and then I’ll return with a bit more:
N95 Day, A NIOSH-Approved Holiday
Our focus this year is to equip you with the necessary tools to provide and/or practice proper respiratory protection when the use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators is necessary.
It’s our 4th on the 4th!
It’s here! Today is our 4th annual N95 Day. You can learn about our activities for the day here as well as on the NIOSH Science Blog.
We have got a LOT going on this year on our social media channels. Please check us out on Twitter (@NIOSH, @NPPTL, #N95Day) Facebook, Instagram (new!), and Pinterest as well as our annual N95 Day NIOSH Science Blog article.
Webinar - Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: New Resources For Implementation
Registration Closed – The recorded presentation will be linked on this web page after the live presentation.
From OSHA and CDC/NIOSH
Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs, with an emphasis on preventing the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATDs) to healthcare personnel.
From the Joint Commission
Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field
Protecting workers from exposure to all types of respiratory hazards is an important issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. In order to address this often overlooked danger, The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) have collaborated to develop a new educational monograph designed to assist hospitals in implementing their respiratory protection programs (RPPs).
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 4 to focus on your safety and get to know NIOSH and the resources we provide.
We hope respirator users will look forward to the festivities as we tout our N95 resources through the channels of Facebook, Twitter, and the NIOSH blog once again. To take part in the day, mark N95 Day on your calendar for September 4h and keep an eye on your social media.
(Continue . . .)
Over the past year I’ve featured a number of blogs on the proper use of PPEs. For those who may have missed them, or wish a refresher, a few highlights: