September 5th, 2012 8:22 am ET - Jaclyn Krah, MA
OK, that got a little dramatic. But respiratory protection is important. It’s always best practice to eliminate hazards through engineering, or by removing the hazard altogether by substituting non-toxic alternatives; however, when respirators are necessary it’s a good idea for users to know more about them. So take some time today to explore the resources provided by NIOSH to improve your understanding of N95 respirators.
- What do they do?
- When should you wear one?
- How do you know your chosen respirator is approved?
We’ve heard all the excuses before…
But, you wear a surgical mask regardless of the situation because it is pretty much the same thing, isn’t it?
False! You can read the technical reasons of the “why” they are different pieces of protective equipment on our blog post N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks.
But, reading stuff about respirators puts you to sleep?
We have that base covered too. Grab a cup of coffee and put your feet on your desk as you enjoy this YouTube video covering the basics of donning, doffing, user seal checks, and fit testing courtesy of our friends over at OSHA.
But, NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory web site is too hard to navigate!
OK, we admit it. There is just so much information we want to share with users about respirators, along with other personal protective equipment, our web site was bulging at the seams. With a little bit of elbow grease we were able to organize, polish, and pretty-up the face of all that information. Please, check out our new look!
While you’re celebrating N95 day in your own way, keep an eye on NIOSH social media. Expect tweets today every 95 minutes between 9 and 5. Know someone who wears an N95 respirator? Please, retweet us to pass the word along so we can all be confident that our respiratory protection is keeping us safe.
Jaclyn Krah, MA
Ms. Krah is a Health Communication Specialist in the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory.