September 5, 2017: N95 Day

WHEREAS, an estimated 20 million American workers use respirators every day to protect against potential job hazards, ranging from doctors and nurses to firefighters, first-responders, coal miners, and agriculture workers; and,

WHEREAS, many of these workers depend on particulate filtering facepiece respirators when working in environments with hazardous airborne particles; and,

WHEREAS, 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 respirators; and,

WHEREAS, this agency 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, the most effective emergency preparedness is proper use every day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 5, 2017 as N95 Day in Michigan.