Debunking the Myths Regarding N95 Respirator Use - Thursday, September 5, 2013
N95 Day Webinar
Debunking the Myths Regarding N95 Respirator Use – Thursday, September 5, 2013
For further information and clarification regarding respirator use for hospital workers, please refer to the following:
- Article published in the AORN Journal, Proper Use of Surgical N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks in the OR
- The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005
- Article published in the Infection Control Today, Respiratory Protection: Compliance, Research By are Key Issues for the Future
Observe N95 day with NIOSH by joining us during lunch time for a webinar focusing on clearing up the myths surrounding N95 respirators. Safety myths can easily form within a working culture. When it comes to N95s, workers may be confused about the purpose of these respirators, how to properly wear them, how to know if they are NIOSH-approved, and so much more. We hope to clear up some of these myths in a simple, approachable way on September 5th as a NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Laboratory expert presents the facts behind N95 respirator use.
Roland BerryAnn, is the Deputy Director for NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1972 from West Virginia University. Before coming to NIOSH in 1993, Roland worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). He began his Federal career as an electrical engineer in 1978, working in various MSHA branches leading to his position as Chief, Intrinsic Safety and Instrumentation Branch in 1993. At NIOSH, Roland served as the Team Leader, Policy Development Team, Respirator Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS) in Morgantown, WV, from 1999 through 2002. With the establishment of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) in 2002 Roland transferred to NPPTL, continuing in the same position he had with DRDS. In 2003, Roland was selected as Chief, Respirator Branch, NPPTL, and served in that position until 2006 when he became the Program Manager, Respiratory Protection. In 2007 Roland was named Deputy Director, NPPTL.
Pat Wiltanger has been a Physical Scientist with NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) for 12 years. He is currently the acting team lead for the Quality Assurance team and the Quality Manager of the lab. He graduated the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemistry and currently takes part in the quality review of certification applications. Mr. Wiltanger has a background as part of the testing team for N95 respirators.
This webinar will be available via live meeting. Registration by September 4, 2013 is required. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Groups of interested parties from one location are encouraged to dial in as a group. The login information and passcode will be forwarded to registered participants on or before September 4.
REGISTRATION IS FULL for the live webinar, but a link to the recorded webinar will be made available.
Date and Time by Time Zone: Thursday, September 5, 2013
- Eastern Time – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
- Central Time – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Mountain Time – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- Pacific Time – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.