September 5, 2014: N95 Day

WHEREAS, An estimated 20 million American workers use respirators on a regular basis to protect against job hazards – from doctors and nurses to firefighters, first-responders, coal miners, and agriculture workers; and

WHEREAS, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for testing and approving personal protective equipment; and

WHEREAS, NIOSH has established N95 Day to emphasize the importance of properly using NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators; and,

WHEREAS, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators filter 95% of particles and significantly reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles from dangerous chemicals, dust, metal fumes and many infectious diseases; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to remember that the most effective emergency preparedness is proper use every day; and,

WHEREAS, Proper use of respirators and other personal protective equipment can substantially reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim September 5, 2014 as N95 Day in Michigan.