A new NIOSH publication provides health care workers with information on respiratory protection products and stresses the importance of using NIOSH-approved respirators. The publication includes descriptions and images of N95 filtering facepiece respirators and surgical N95 respirators, and explains how employees can verify whether the respirators they use are genuinely certified and approved by NIOSH. The agency also lists several other resources for information on respirators, including NIOSH’s “respirator trusted-source information” page, http://KnowIts.NIOSH.gov. NIOSH reminds workers to follow the guidance of their organizations’ respiratory protection programs, get fit-tested annually, and know how to use their respirators safely and effectively.
The publication is available as a PDF on NIOSH’s website.