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Recognize N95 Day on September 6, 2016 - N95 Day, A NIOSH-Approved Holiday

It’s our 5th annual N95 Day. So let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons to tune into N95 Day this year…

	N95 Day 2016 logo

	September 2016 calendar with N95 Day circled in red, September 6th.

Top 5 reasons to tune into N95 Day

1. Using social media for respiratory protection resources – it’s like a breath of fresh air!

If you’re all about respiratory protection, then it’s all about #N95Day on September 6th. Every year NIOSH gears up for this social media party in which respiratory protection program managers and users of N95 level filtering respirators have made the VIP list. Look for us on Twitter (@NIOSH, @NPPTL, #N95Day) Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest as well as our annual N95 Day NIOSH Science Blog article. We’ll be testing your N95 knowledge with trivia questions, pictures, and links to important resources.

	Cover page for publication 2015-1172. Grand opening! We’re launching our new home for hospital respiratory protection program resources:

Establishing an effective hospital respiratory protection program can be a particularly complex mountain to climb. We want to help make this easier for the administrators of these programs. That’s why we are launching a new webpage on the NPPTL site specifically dedicated to organizing all of our NIOSH information on this topic. The new page will be broken into categories of a hospital respiratory protection program, as established in last year’s OSHA/NIOSH publication - Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit: Resources for Respiratory Protection Program Administrators. This resource is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-117/

3. Webinar (for webinar summary, speaker bios, and registration, click the link below):

The Science Behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future

September 6, 2016, 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (8:00AM PST, 9:00AM MST, 10:00AM CST)

4. The Power of Partnership

Our partners have always been supportive of N95 Day, using their social media channels, newsletters, listservs, and word of mouth to spread word about the importance of understanding the proper use of respiratory protection and having the right resources to get you there. We all have one goal here, and that’s to protect the hardworking men and women who rely upon respiratory protection, such as N95 filtering facepiece respirators, to keep them safe with every single use. We want to acknowledge and thank our partners for their participation. This year, we have asked them to make their support for the observance official. Below is the beginning of the list of pledged N95 Day partners. We will update this list every week. Companies and organizations whom we have not been in direct contact with can request their names to be added to this list by emailing us (JKrah@cdc.gov) or hitting us up on twitter: #N95Day, @NPPTL.

Pledged N95 Day Partners as of 8/29/2016:
  • 3M
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
  • Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)
  • Cocciardi and Associates
  • Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety
  • Dräger, Inc
  • Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care Systems
  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • Jeff Lee Safety Services
  • Makrite Industries
  • Miller Electric
  • Mobile Health, Inc.
  • New York New Jersey Education and Research Center
  • PA Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workers' Compensation
  • PA Safety Conference
  • Pittsburgh Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • SAS Safety
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • TSI
  • Venus Safety

N95 Day is a national event. Proclamations have officially started rolling in, with the following city and states recognizing the observance (and the list will keep growing!)

  • Delaware
  • Ohio
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

5. A dedicated time to focus on respiratory protection:

We say it every year, but it never becomes less true … life is busy. Work is even busier. But if N95s are part of your workplace respiratory protection program, please take some time on September 6 to focus on your safety and get to know NIOSH and the resources we provide. Confidence and familiarity with proper respirator practices is important for employers, respiratory protection program managers, and safety managers in all industries who rely on N95 respiratory protection to help keep workers safe. The education to build this familiarity must happen before the time comes when a respirator is needed. Especially make sure to check out this year’s new, handy-dandy infographics, which will be posted on the NIOSH Instagram page.

As always, you can check out the resources from the last several N95 Days to keep you occupied until the event. 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: Happy N95 Day! (aka, What is N95 Day?)

2013: A Guide to N95 Resources

2014: Respirator Preparedness – Where Technology Meets Good Practices

2015: The tools to build a culture of proper respiratory protection practices

Several years ago we created a short video to summarize N95 Day and the role that NIOSH plays in respiratory protection through the words of the National Personal Protective Laboratory Director, Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro.

We hope respiratory protection program administrators as well as 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 6th 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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