September 6, 2016: 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, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is the federal agency responsible for testing and approving personal protective equipment; 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 6, 2016 as N95 Day in Michigan.