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N95 Day, A NIOSH-Approved Observance

N96 Day 2018 Nurse with arms crossed and wearing respirator

This year we’re getting particular about protection against particulates

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. Please join the #N95Day conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on September 5. We also encourage you to attend our annual webinar for an opportunity to ask NIOSH experts your questions about respiratory protection. Read on to see what else you can expect from this year’s N95 Day observance.

N95 Day Webinar, This year, a panel of NIOSH experts will talk trending respiratory protection topics

Join us for the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) annual N95 Day webinar on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern as we get particular about protection against particulates.

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.

Mark your calendar and register today!

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 Understanding (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.

Social Media, #N95Day, Facebook: @NIOSH, Instagram: @NIOSHUSA, Twitter: @NIOSH, @NIOSH_NPPTL

N95 Day is officially under construction. We’ve got our hard hats on and are building a tower of information to be touted and tweeted. 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. As always, you can make this web page your home base for a comprehensive guide to the day.

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Twitter – @NIOSH and @NIOSH_NPPTL, or search #N95Day
Facebook – @NIOSH
Instagram – @NIOSHUSA

Partnerships, See how your organization can become an N95 Day partner. We will keep updating this list until September 5

Is your organization recognizing N95 Day? Let’s do it together!

Graphic of Nurse holding a clipboard. N95 Day 2018, We're getting ready for #N94Day so that you can be ready when you need respiratory protection. Join the conversation on September 5.

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! 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 ( or sending us a private message on twitter: #N95Day, @NIOSH_NPPTL.

Pledged N95 Day Partners as of 8/13/2018:

  • 3M
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP)
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety, WORKSAFE IOWA
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • Makrite Industries
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • Makrite Industries
  • New York New Jersey Education and Research Center
  • SAIF Corporation
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • TSI Incorporated
  • U.S. First Responders Association
  • University of South Florida Sunshine Education & Research Center
Why N95 Day? Did you know that this is our 7th annual observation? You can peek into the past by reading the N95 Day blog articles from each year.
N95 Day Infographic, What are Air-Purifying Respirators?

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.

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

2016: N95 Day 2016: Proper Use, Filtration, and Fit – The Three-Legged Stool of Respiratory Protection

2017: When to think Beyond the N95 FFR

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.

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Twitter: @NIOSH_NPPTL and @NIOSH (#N95Day)
Facebook: @NIOSH
Instagram @NIOSHUSA