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Respiratory Protection Week Is Sept. 7‑10

Posted: Sept. 2, 2021

The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is observing Respiratory Protection Week from Sept. 7‑10, 2021.

Respiratory protection is a critical component of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders exposed to airborne hazards at incident scenes. During Respiratory Protection Week, NIOSH will share findings from its research and educational tools to promote proper respiratory protection practices.

As part of this information-sharing effort, NIOSH will host two webinars:

You can also follow NIOSH on these social media platforms, where it will promote information and new resources:

  • @NIOSH_NPPTL and @NIOSH (#RespiratorWeek)
  • @NIOSH
  • @NIOSHUSA

NIOSH encourages hosting activities within your own organizations, such as training sessions or social media campaigns and educational messaging.

This year's Respiratory Protection Week is the third annual observance by NIOSH. Prior to 2019, NIOSH highlighted best practices and resources specific to the most used filtering facepiece respirator, the N95, on N95 Day. Now the campaign is inclusive of all types of respiratory protection.

About the NPPTL

The NPPTL was created in 2001 in response to a recognized need for improved PPE and focused research into personal protective technologies. The research conducted within NPPTL improves the state of science related to PPE and assesses the impact of PPE on the user’s protection and ability to perform tasks.

NIOSH and NPPTL also have a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the NFPA's Fire Protection Research Foundation on activities related to emergency responder protective clothing and equipment, and the development of standards concerning first responder safety, deployment, operations and the protection of emergency personnel.

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