Respiratory Protection Week 2021
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How can you participate in Respiratory Protection Week? We highly encourage hosting activities within your own organizations, whether that be training sessions with your staff, educational messages pertaining to your specific workplace hazards, or just fun pictures on social media of your staff showing off their proper respiratory protection practices (and general love of a safe workplace environment!).
Like every year, we will be active on our social media platforms promoting information and new resources. If you have a passion for respiratory protection like we do, we encourage you to join the conversation.
Follow our observance hashtag (#RespiratorWeek) to stay up to date on the latest information. Like and share our posts with your followers to spread the information far and wide.
Twitter: @NIOSH_NPPTL and @NIOSH (#RespiratorWeek)
If you are going to participate, why not show it off? Download these graphics to display on your organization’s website or your own personal social media accounts.
NIOSH will host two webinars during Respiratory Protection Week 2021.
Jonisha Pollard, Branch Chief, NIOSH NPPTL Research Branch
Jonisha Pollard joined the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2007 with her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. While working at NIOSH, she earned her MS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as the Research Branch Chief for NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL). During her tenure at NIOSH, she has worked in mining injury prevention and personal protective technologies with research focusing on preventing occupational knee injuries, developing “ErgoMine” ergonomics audit mobile application, and preventing slips, trips, and falls at surface mining facilities. She joined NPPTL in 2019 and began focusing on the COVID-19 response efforts and supporting urgent PPE research priorities.
Aftin Ross, Senior Special Advisor for Emerging Initiatives (Detail), FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation (OST)
Dr. Aftin Ross is currently the Senior Special Advisor for emerging initiatives in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this role, she provides leadership and coordination within the Center on a range of emerging public health issues including medical device cybersecurity, respiratory protective devices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and incident response. Aftin has had leadership roles in CDRH incident response to COVID-19, device-related infections, and natural disasters such as the 2017 Atlantic hurricanes. During COVID-19, she has led and participated on teams responsible for mitigating PPE shortages, writing and implementing respirator EUAs, and setting PPE policies. Aftin earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar. She completed her graduate work at the University of Michigan earning a master’s and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. After her graduate work, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship as a Whitaker International Fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2016, she completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, an executive education program in the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government and in 2019 she became a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Respiratory protection has always been a key component of personal protective equipment to keep individuals safe from workplace airborne hazards, but over the last year more people have become aware of just how important. This year marks our third Respiratory Protection Week, but our virtual shout-out for respiratory protection goes back to 2012 when we began observing N95 Day. N95 Day highlighted best practices and resources specific to the most commonly used filtering facepiece respirator, the N95. We continued with the N95 focus for seven years until we expanded our campaign in 2019 to be inclusive of all types of respiratory protection.
Each year we continue respirator research to address knowledge gaps and use this observance week to share our findings and unveil educational tools to promote proper respiratory protection practices.
Whether you are a newcomer to Respiratory Protection Week or been with us since the N95 Days, you can check out the resources available from our previous years’ observance kick-off blogs.
Respiratory Protection Week
2013: A Guide to N95 Resources