Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas An estimated 20 million men and women use personal protective equipment (PPE) on a regular basis to protect against job hazards – doctors and nurses, firefighters, first-responders, coal miners,   agriculture workers and all those they come in contact with; 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 the U.S. Government agency responsible for the certification and approval of respiratory protective devices for occupational use; and

Whereas The N95 is the most common respirator and N95 means that the respirator filters at least 95% of airborne particles; and

Whereas Almost 50,000 deaths are attributed to work-related diseases each year and using a NIOSH-approved respirator can significantly improve worker health and safety as well as substantially reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities; and

Whereas Since the mid-1980s, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been working to build an occupational health program and promote the integration of occupational health concerns with ongoing public health activities in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas The Commonwealth recognizes the importance of integrating occupational health with mainstream public health and seeks to address the full range of health needs of an increasingly diverse and mobile workforce,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 5th, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-third day of August, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts