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

	N95 Day 2016 logo

Another N95 Day has come and gone. But the resources are not so finite. If you missed the day’s activities, you can still peruse the resources below. We will have the N95 Day webinar video posted shortly. N95 Day will be back on its regular September 5 schedule next year.

Top 5 reasons to tune into N95 Day

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

Don’t miss the social media party happening all day today. If you are a respiratory protection program manager or user of N95 level filtering respirators, you’ve made the VIP list.

  • Look for us on Facebook to test your N95 respirator knowledge with trivia questions. But don’t stop there, @NIOSH and @NPPTL will be showcasing an array of respiratory protection resources through our Twitter feed. Use the #N95Day. You can also find memes, new infographics, and more N95 Day fun by checking us out on Instagram. (@NIOSHUSA)
  • This year’s annual N95 Day blog focuses on Proper Use, Filtration, and Fit - The Three-Legged Stool of Respiratory Protection. Learn how each of these important factors contribute to the effectiveness of respiratory protection.
  • Did we mention infographics? With a focus this year on use, filtration, and fit, we packaged some of this important information into quick-study infographics to be used as educational tools. We hope that you will download, print, and use these to promote proper respiratory protection program practices. You can find our entire supply of previous N95 Day infographics on the NPPTL infographic webpage .
	Why are annual FIT TESTS required? infographic   	Youve just completed your Annual RESPIRATOR TRAINING ... inforgraphic

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

Establishing an effective hospital respiratory protection program can be a particularly complex mountain to climb. We want to help make this easier for administrators of these programs. That’s why we are launching a new web page 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 .

In pursuit of this educational effort, this year also saw the publication of a new NIOSH Workplace Solutions document. This document aims to clear up some of the major myths of respiratory protection in healthcare: Preparedness through Daily Practice: The Myths of Respiratory Protection in Healthcare .

3. Annual N95 Day Webinar: The Science Behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future

This year, our annual N95 Day webinar aims to help participants answer two common questions:

  • Why does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require employers to fit test employees who are required to wear filtering facepiece respirators or half-mask elastomeric respirators?
  • And why every year?!

View the recording of the webinar

4. The Power of Partnership

We’re not the only ones who will be using #N95Day all day long! Our partners have always been supportive of N95 Day, using their social media channels, newsletters, listservs, and word of mouth to help spread 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 official list of pledged N95 Day partners for 2016. Be sure to check out our partner participation in today’s social media events.

  • 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
  • UCLA Southern California
  • Venus Safety

State Proclamations

  • Delaware
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia


5. A dedicated time to focus on respiratory protection:

There’s too many resources to list on one jam-packed webpage. You’ll have to explore #N95Day for more! But there are a few more items that are must-sees on a day that focuses on respiratory protection (such as today!).

  • Here at NIOSH, there’s a few frequently asked questions that really stand out. For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the actual work environment where the respirator will be worn. Think you know the answer? You might be surprised. Check out our fun new Particle is a Particle video on Youtube to get a better understanding of this complex topic.
  • Free training. (Need we say more?) Developed with a NIOSH grant, a team from AAOHN, AOHP, and ANA created the program to help you ensure you are meeting the employee training requirements of the Federal OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134 CFR). Upon completion, you will be awarded 1.0 CNE (free). You can find out more about this free training on the AAOHN website. (Scroll down to Healthcare Workers Respiratory Protection Training).
  • Finally, we want to stress that the NIOSH science blog is always a good hub to hear about NIOSH resources and research. In line with the N95 Day 2016 theme of fit, filtration, and use please check out a blog that came out just a few months ago: New NIOSH Study Supports the OSHA Annual Fit Testing Requirements for Filtering Facepiece Respirators.

Go back in time and see highlighted resources from previous years in each of our N95 Day blogs:

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

We hope respiratory protection program administrators as, well as users, will participate in the festivities today as we tout our N95 resources through the channels of Facebook, Twitter, and the NIOSH science blog once again. Happy N95 Day!

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