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). 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 assesses the lung’s capability to exchange gases. This test is a way of detecting the early signs of lung damage and respiratory diseases.

Respiratory illness can very commonly cause sickness absence, unemployment, visits to the GP, disabilities, and handicaps. Collectively these disorders cause the loss of 38 million days per year. 

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

    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. 

    Please note that at Acorn we are able to offer this service after we completed the necessary risk assessments. (Please get in touch for more information on this)

    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 
    • report for managers which will satisfy HSE requirements 

    Hazards requiring Spirometry surveillance: 

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


    Contact us

    To talk to a member of the Acorn Occupational Health team about our spirometry service, please call us on 01260 277797 or email us at website@acornoh.co.uk