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Recognize N95 Day on September 4, 2015 - A day earlier, but another year wiser

N95 Day, A NIOSH-Approved Holiday

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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!

NIOSH is celebrating our 4th annual N95 Day on Friday September 4, 2015. This is a deviation from our normal September 5 schedule … but we didn’t want the pesky weekend to hinder you from accessing this great information.

Per tradition, this year’s N95 Day will utilize our social media channels to reach out to N95 filtering facepiece respirator users and respiratory protection program managers. Look for us 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 Open!

As we focus on the tools needed for proper respiratory protection, we want to put a special emphasis on this year’s N95 Day webinar. NIOSH is partnering with The Joint Commission on this webinar to highlight the availability of two new educational products, Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit: Resources for Respirator Program Administrators (National Toolkit), and Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field. In addition, the webinar will cover an array of NIOSH-supported research, including the REACH I and REACH II studies and outcomes, and other new resources and training modules. Topics will include the key components of a respiratory protection program, the processes used to develop the educational resources, highlight the features and key points in each, and the importance of organizational leadership and performance improvement.

View more information and register for the webinar.


New Resources

cover page: Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit
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.

cover page Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field
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).

 

Can’t wait for the day? In the meantime you can revisit the N95 Day articles on the NIOSH Science Blog from the last three years. These blog posts highlight the spirit of the day, encouraging users and respiratory protection programs managers everywhere to familiarize themselves with the N95 literature and guidelines available from NIOSH:

2012: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2012/09/05/n95day/

2013: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2013/09/05/n95-day-2013/

2014: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/09/05/n95day-2014/

If you missed it last year, you can learn more about N95 Day and the roll that NIOSH plays in respiratory protection through the words of the National Personal Protective Laboratory Director, Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro.

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.

Follow @NPPTL and @NIOSH on twitter (#N95Day) and as well as on the NIOSH facebook page.

 
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