N95 Day, A NIOSH-Approved Observance
Missed N95 Day? The observance may be over, but proper respiratory practices are important all year long. Scroll down to find N95 Day respiratory information and keep the festivities going.
This year we’re getting particular about protection against particulates
Welcome to N95 Day 2018! We’ve updated this page with a plethora of new and recent respiratory protection information. So go ahead! Take a scroll stroll down through the aisles of info. You can find a lot of the N95 Day products housed here, but this is just the landing page. Social media is a buzz with #N95Day. NIOSH and our partners are pounding the virtual pavement to promote the best products about particular protection. (We’re really into alliteration this year…)
We are particularly excited about N95 Day this year. This N95 Day is an opportunity for us to share the science behind the established guidance and recommendations. We want to arm you with an arsenal of information for your personal workplace scenario so that you can accomplish your goals. Whether those goals are to change your workplace safety culture, educate employees, or even to educate the management that has tasked you with enforcing proper respiratory protection protocols, we hope to help you find the information you need.
Think you’re an N95 expert? Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to test your knowledge with a few quiz questions.
Here is a summary of some of the respiratory protection information floating around this year’s N95 Day. These are just highlighted products of the year. You can find additional respiratory protection information by perusing through NIOSH NPPTL’s website and checking out sections such as our Respirator Trusted-Source Information web page and the Healthcare Respiratory Protection Resources web page.
New Fact Sheets!
A Guide to Air-Purifying Respirators
Filtering out Confusion: Frequently Asked Questions about Respiratory Protection, Respirator Reuse and Extended Use
Filtering out Confusion: Frequently Asked Questions about Respiratory Protection, Fit Testing
Filtering out Confusion: Frequently Asked Questions about Respiratory Protection, User Seal Check
Official N95 Day 2018 Infographics
Need more information? Hey, you gotta GIF a little to get a little…
N95 Day is, at its heart, a social media effort to promote respiratory protection information. This is our bread and butter, so we really encourage you to take part by using #N95Day to tell us what you are doing to ensure proper respiratory protection practices for you and your employees. Let us know how we are doing and what products you find useful by helping us spread the information.
If respiratory protection is a part of your job, then you are part of N95 Day. Join the conversation as we plaster #N95Day all over the internet.
Twitter – @NIOSH and @NIOSH_NPPTL, or search #N95Day
Facebook – @NIOSH
Instagram – @NIOSHUSA
Don’t forget to check out this year’s N95 Day Blog Article!
This is one of our favorite components of the observance. This year we are Getting Down to the Particulars about Filter Class.
“Filter class” is one of those phrases that is thrown around with the assumption that everyone knows what that means. As we prepare to widen our educational scope during the 100 Years of Respiratory Protection Celebration, let’s use this year’s N95 Day to ensure that we first understand the different classifications of air-purifying respirators, in particular filtering facepiece respirators, as they are categorized by filter class. Let’s get down to the particulars.
Is your organization recognizing N95 Day? Let’s do it together!
We can’t do this alone. One of the purposes of N95 Day is to expand the web of partnership and collaboration to get respiratory protection information into the hands of those who need it most. Our official partners use their social media channels, newsletters, listservs, and word of mouth to deliver resources on respiratory protection. 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, keeping them safe with every single use.
We want to acknowledge and thank our partners for their participation. Below is the beginning of the list of pledged N95 Day partners. Is your organization recognizing N95 Day? Let us know! Tell us how! Let’s tell the world!
Pledged N95 Day Partners:
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP)
- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Hardin Memorial Health
- Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety, WORKSAFE IOWA
- High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (HICAHS)
- International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
- Makrite Industries
- Nebraska Safety Council
- New York New Jersey Education and Research Center
- SAIF Corporation
- Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
- Texas A&M University
- The Joint Commission
- The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
- TSI Incorporated
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- University of Alabama at Birmingham Deep South Education & Research Center
- University of Cincinnati Education & Research Center
- University of South Florida Sunshine Education & Research Center
- University of Washington, School of Public Health
- U.S. First Responders Association
- UW Health
The N95 Day webinar is over, but the archived recordingExternal is now available.
This N95 Day is an opportunity for us to share the science behind the established guidance and recommendations. For this year’s webinar, we will have a panel of NIOSH experts on board to discuss trending topics on respiratory protection.
Facial hair and respirator use
The NIOSH recently issued an updated position statement on the presence of facial hair and the use of respiratory protective devices. This document is a clarification of the facial hair policy that further describes what is considered the sealing area. The policy is that facial hair that lies along the sealing area of the respirator, such as beards, sideburns, moustaches or even a few days growth of stubble, should not be permitted on employees who are required to wear respirators that rely on a tight facepiece fit to achieve maximum protection.
NIOSH-approved Surgical N95s
NIOSH intends to begin issuing approvals for N95-F filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs). NIOSH partnered with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create this respirator category. NIOSH is now working to develop guidance about submitting applications for approvals by respirator manufacturers, and guidance for respiratory protection program administrators and users. These FFRs are exempt from FDA premarket notification process, which required respirator manufacturers to coordinate two approval processes for a respirator to be cleared for use in healthcare. However, these FFRs will be required to meet all current NIOSH N95 FFR requirements found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 84 and three additional requirements – biocompatibility, flammability, and fluid resistance.
The agreement between NIOSH and the FDA is outlined in the Memorandum of UnderstandingExternal (MOU) between the FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health and CDC, NIOSH.
The importance of using the NIOSH Certified Equipment List
A filtering facepiece, an elastomeric half-mask … Well, I have at least half an idea what I am looking for.”
Ever wonder how you might find respirators approved by NIOSH? Or maybe you are simply interested in what kinds of respirators are approved for use in OSHA-inspected work places. The online Certified Equipment List (CEL) is the authoritative source for locating respirators which have been evaluated by NIOSH and found to meet the performance standards required for approval. The online CEL interface allows you to search for respirator approvals by a variety of criteria including facepiece type, and a whole host of protection classifications. Every approval entry identifies the manufacturer/provider of the respirator so you can find out more details about any respirator which might appear to meet your needs or interests. The CEL is also your trusted source for knowing if respirator approvals are still valid. This section of the webinar will feature a brief tutorial followed by a time for Q&A specifically on its use.
At the conclusion of the presentations, our panel will be eager to answer your questions about respiratory protection.
We’re going to say it again, as we do every year, because 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 5 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.
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:
2013: A Guide to N95 Resources
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. You can find the video on Youtube.
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. We hope that our partner organizations will tout their resources as well. To take part in the day, mark N95 Day on your calendar for September 5 and keep an eye on your social media.
Think you got this? Are you an expert yet? Take this year’s N95 Day quizzes to test your knowledge.
Thank you for taking the N95 Day Quizzes! For more information, visit our Respirator Trusted-Source Information web page.