Free N95 Kit for Employees

Dear Colleague,

Wearing a mask helps protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The university previously distributed multiple cloth face coverings to all employees who requested them. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the university is making available to each employee an N95 kit, which includes:

1. An N95 respirator. An N95 respirator is a device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. If an employee is seeking to voluntarily use an N95 respirator we ask that they review and follow UNI’s Guide to Employees Using Respirators When Not Required

2. A small brown paper bag. To help prevent supply shortages of N95 respirators for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, employees voluntarily using an N95 respirator are encouraged to reuse it so long as it is not soiled, contaminated, or damaged. Storing an N95 respirator in a breathable paper bag at the end of each use has proven to prolong its life.

3. A face shield. Face shields alone are not as effective as masks at protecting you or the people around you from respiratory droplets, however, face shields have been used to protect N95 respirators from external contamination.

To pick up your N95 kit, please stop by the Risk Management Office at 3219 Hudson Road between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or email safety@uni.edu to have your kit delivered to your departmental office where you normally receive packages. 

In addition to this kit, all new employees are eligible to receive two cloth face coverings, a face shield and a bottle of hand sanitizer. These materials can be picked up at new employee orientation or the Risk Management Office. 

If you ever forget your cloth face covering, or if it becomes soiled, wet, or damaged during the day, please feel free to ask your supervisor for a disposable face covering. Departments can request disposable face coverings by contacting Jeffrey Van Gelder, UNI Warehouse, jeff.vangelder@uni.edu.

Please remember, on the UNI campus masks are encouraged but not required. We also strongly encourage everyone to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination.

Stay Well,

Joseph Rayzor, J.D.
Director of Risk Management