Join the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) annual N95 Day webinar on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern and get particular about protection against particulates.
This year marks NIOSH’s 7th annual N95 Day, and NIOSH is looking forward to sharing the science behind the established guidance and recommendations. For this year’s webinar, there will be a panel of NIOSH experts on board to discuss trending topics on respiratory protection.
Mark your calendar and register today!
N95 Day Topics of Interest from NIOSH:
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.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/N95Day.html
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