According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitting respirators, including N95 respirators, provide the highest level of protection from COVID-19.If worn properly, N95 respirators have better filtration than cloth or procedural masks. An N95 respirator will be less effective if it fits poorly, if you wear it improperly, or take it off frequently.Wearing a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain higher risk situations, or by some people at increased risk for severe disease.
NKU will provide a limited supply of N95 respirators to faculty, staff, and students. Limited quantities of N95 Respirators will be available at the Welcome Center, Student Union and University Center Information Desks, Steely Library Distribution Desk, Norse Commons, and Campus Recreation during normal business hours.Individuals who voluntarily choose to use wear an NKU-provided N95 respirator must read and understand Appendix D of the respiratory protection standard prior to use - see Appendix D below.
Respirators are an effective method of protection against designated hazards when properly selected and worn. Respirator use is encouraged, even when exposures are below the exposure limit, to provide an additional level of comfort and protection for workers. However, if a respirator is used improperly or not kept clean, the respirator itself can become a hazard to the worker. Sometimes, workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures to hazards, even if the amount of hazardous substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA standards. If your employer provides respirators for your voluntary use, or if you provide your own respirator, you need to take certain precautions to be sure that the respirator itself does not present a hazard.You should do the following:
See Manufacturers Technical Data Sheet for additional information on NKU provided N95 respirators (3M 1870+)].