Spirometry (Lung Function Tests)

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk. So the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

Spirometry is sometimes referred to as Respiratory Lung Function Surveillance which is carried out to comply with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 2002 (COSHH).

Respiratory illnesses commonly cause sickness absence, unemployment, visits to the GP, disability and handicap. Collectively these disorders cause the loss of 38 million days per year.

Employers have a duty to complete Risk Assessments to identify any hazardous or potentially hazardous substance that an employee may inhale whilst at work. Once a hazard has been identified, control measures need to be put in place in order to prevent ill health.

Health surveillance compliments other preventative measures taken by a caring employer. Health surveillance is not to be used as an alternative to proper controls to exposure. Health surveillance involves collecting and using information about workers’ health relating to the substances they work with. This helps to prevent respiratory diseases from developing by detecting early symptoms.

Doctor reviews patient's lung capacity with a peak flow meter

Spirometry health surveillance takes approximately 15 minutes and includes:

  • A confidential questionnaire
  • Spirometry (Lung Function) test
  • Counselling
  • Referral to a specialist medical consultant if necessary
  • A record sheet for managers which will satisfy HSE requirements

Spirometry will assess the lungs capability in exchanging gases and may detect early signs of lung damage such as occupational asthma or other respiratory diseases.

How can Acorn Occupational Health help you?

As a leading provider of occupational health services across the UK, Acorn Occupational Health’s dedicated health surveillance teams will work with you to ensure that onsite visits run smoothly and effectively. Each employee receives a personal summary of their health surveillance. The employer will receive a non-confidential health record for each individual, along with anonymous group statistics where appropriate. Our experienced Medical Technicians/Occupational Health Advisors aim to deliver a cost effective service designed to meet the needs of your business.

Hazards requiring surveillance:

  • Animals and insects in laboratories
  • Azodicarbonamides
  • Caster bean dust
  • Certain dyes
  • Certain hardening agents
  • Colcophony fumes
  • Gluteraldehydes
  • Grain/ flour dust and flax
  • Hardwood dusts
  • Isocyanate paint sprays
  • Manufacture of antibiotics, cimetadine, ispaghula powder, ipecacaunha
  • Metal plating processes
  • Organic dusts
  • Platinum salts
  • Polyurethane resins
  • Proteolytic enzymes
  • Resins
  • Silica dust
  • Welding fumes

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Acorn Occupational Health has excellent relationships with its customers. These relationships are important at all levels of an organisation. We ensure that our objectives continue to be in tune with those of our customers and that on a personal basis trust and confidentiality is maintained.

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