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Respirators in Short Supply due to COVID-19?
Filtering face-piece respirator, N95 with elastic straps and NIOSH designation. Photo credit: Kim Pope-Brown
We anticipate a potential shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) this season, particularly N95 respirators, which are often known as "face masks." For those that use elastomeric respirators (full or half-face), there may also be a shortage of particulate filters (N, P, R).
There is a lead educator in each state, focused on Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP). You can find your state’s PSEP Coordinator here. He or she may be able to connect you with local faculty who can recommend alternative products or practices.
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To share information and resources relevant to this topic, please contact Kaci Buhl at Oregon State University. She convened a group of 60+ stakeholders in March 2020, and followed up with a select committee* to share actionable information during a time of crisis. This information is provided for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all AAPSE members, or that of their respective employers.
*Thank you to these AAPSE committee members who answered a timely call-to-action: Carol Black, Nancy Fitz, Kim Pope-Brown (President), Faye Golden (President-Elect), and Betsy Danielson (Secretary).
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