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.