Respiratory Protection Week 2022

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Why Respiratory Protection Week?

Respiratory protection has always been a key component of personal protective equipment to keep individuals safe from workplace airborne hazards, but over the last few years more people have become aware of just how  important. This year marks our fourth 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 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. 

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2021: Respiratory Protection Week 2021 Resources and Review

2020: Supplementing the Supply of N95s with Reusable Elastomeric Half Mask Respirators

2019: NIOSH Launches Respiratory Protection Week in Celebration of 100 Years of Respiratory Protection

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2018: Getting Down to the Particulars about Filter Class

2017: When to think Beyond the N95 FFR

2016: Proper Use, Filtration, and Fit – The Three-Legged Stool of Respiratory Protection

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

2014: Respirator Preparedness – Where Technology Meets Good Practices

2013: A Guide to N95 Resources

2012: Happy N95 Day! (aka, What is N95 Day?)

How to Participate

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. We encourage you to join the conversation. Follow our observance hashtag (#RespiratorWeek) to stay up to date on the latest information. Interacting with our posts helps spread the information far and wide. 

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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. 

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Page last reviewed: July 26, 2022