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N95 Day September 5, 2014

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the federal agency responsible for testing and approving personal protective equipment, will celebrate N95 Day by emphasizing the importance of properly using NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFR).

NIOSH estimates that 20 million American workers use respirators every day to protect against potential job hazards – from doctors and nurses to firefighters, first-responders, construction workers, and agriculture workers. Sadly, almost 50,000 deaths are attributed to work-related diseases each year.

NIOSH sponsored N95 Day activities will include:
1. A Twitter chat with NIOSH respirator experts #N95Day
2. An educational webinar on the importance of N95 respirators for pandemic preparedness
3. Important educational information about N95 FFRs
4. New Pinterest-able infographics with N95 FFR information reminders
5. Dozens of city and state official declarations of N95 Day, marking this observance as a national event!

Additionally, healthcare organizations around the nation are promoting the day through their websites and social media pages, including an opportunity for real users to share personal stories of how their health was protected by N95 respirators or why they believe N95 respirators are important. #MyN95

For additional information, please visit the NIOSH’s N95 website