Since 2012, NIOSH has recognized September 5 as N95 Day, a day to bring awareness to the importance of respiratory protection, specifically N95s. This year, NIOSH is doing something different. One century ago, the U.S. Department of Mines initiated the first respirator certification program in the U.S. Today, NPPTL carries out research, testing and related activities aimed at protecting workers through PPE. Therefore, as the organization recognize this important milestone, they are also utilizing this event as an opportunity to expand N95 Day into a more inclusive observance to occur annually the first week of September.

This September 3-6 NIOSH is celebrating the first annual Respiratory Protection Week. This year’s observance will recognize the history of respiratory protection as well as the research and standards work that is happening to protect workers both today and in the future.

Go to the NIOSH Respiratory Protection Week page to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/Respiratory-Protection-Week-2019.html