Spirometry ( Lung function test )

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, state that if an occupational asthma agent (any substance identified as a respiratory sensitiser) is present in the workplace, appropriate health surveillance is required.

Our on-site spirometry testing takes about 20 minutes so causes minimum disruption to the working day.

Working with substances that can cause Occupational Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Occupational Asthma usually carry a Health Surveillance requirement. The list, details some examples, however, please consult the COSHH regulations for full details:

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Occupational Asthma

  • Isocyanates
  • Solder Flux
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Curing Agents
  • Welding Fumes
  • Dust and other Airborne Particulates (including Wood Dust)
  • Paints & Adhesives
  • Fibreglass
  • Glutaraledehyde
  • Latex

Lung Disease / COPD

  • Asbestos
  • Silica Dust / Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
  • Ceramic Fibre

For new employees, testing should be carried out initially as soon as they accept an offer of employment. If employees are working with respiratory sensitising agents the test will need to be repeated after the first 6 weeks, then after 6 months, then annually thereafter. This will help detect those who make quickly develop a problem due to exposure.

Early knowledge of a pre-existing problem can be vital enabling prompt remedial action and minimise future liability. All employees who have been identified by your risk assessment as being exposed to respiratory irritants, sensitisers and nuisance dusts should be included in an ongoing screening programme with testing being completed on an annual basis.