Sept 5th is NIOSH’s N95 Day, highlighting N95 filtering facepiece respirator information. NIOSH estimates that every day over 20 million people are exposed to airborne health risks.
Airborne disease can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, spewing nasal and throat secretions into the air. Certain viruses or bacteria take flight and hang in the air or land on other people or surfaces.
When you breathe airborne pathogenic organisms in, they take up residence inside you. You can also pick up germs when you touch an infected surface, and then touch your own eyes, nose, or mouth.
Because these diseases travel in the air, they’re hard to control. Keep reading to learn more about the common types of airborne diseases and what you can do to protect yourself from catching them.
Of all the different types of respirators, the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), evaluates and certifies, N95 respirators are the most widely used in the workplace.
NIOSH is hosting a webinar on the 5th at 1:00 PM Eastern, discussing expanding beyond the N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR). The webinar features two NPPTL experts ready to discuss respirator options beyond the N95 FFR.