Spirometry (Lung Function Testing)

The need for spirometry arises mainly from that old chestnut, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, or CoSHH. Part of CoSHH covers chemicals, products or dusts which may have an impact on an individual's health if inhaled, which is where spirometry comes in, (also referred to as lung function testing). The aim of this health surveillance is to help identify any problems which may be developing, hopefully before the individual becomes aware of them, allowing treatment to be obtained before it becomes a problem.

LungsSome of the substances which may require the employer to arrange for spirometry are general hazards such as dusts, while others are specifically highlighted as being dangerous if inhaled. These are specified in the current version of EH40, which gives risk and safety phrases for a multitude of substances. Particularly pertinent to spirometry are products which are labelled as 'R42 - may cause sensitisation by inhalation'. (Standard 'risk' or 'safety' phrases are shown as a number preceded by an R or and S. A full list of them is here - risk and safety phrases.)

Should you have a really low expectation of what consitutes 'a good read' and you don't have it already, the current table of products covered by EH40, along with their risk phrases and exposure limits is given here - Health and Safety Executive - EH40.

The products covered by this, and therefore associated professions, are wide-ranging and include:

  • flour, grain or wood dusts
  • glutaraldehyde (sometimes used as a 'safer' alternative to formaldehyde)
  • solder fumes and resins

HSMC spirometry / lung function testing

Spirometry is available either on its own or as part of a combined audiometry / spirometry assessment. On its own, each spirometry test takes approximately 15 minutes and involves the attendee blowing as hard and fast as they can into the monitoring equipment. We assess both the capacity of their lungs andhow efficient their lungs are at expelling the air, comparing the results to standard norms for their age. If issues are found they may be referred for further evaluation to their G.P.

Amplivox spirometerWe provide the employer with a detailed repot for each attendee if consent to release this data is given or with a summary report where consent is witheld.

For pricing, we offer the testing as a one-off service; as a two or three yearly contract; or as a combined price with audiometry. Please contact us for a specifc, and surprisingly affordable, quote or look at the spirometry routine pages to see what the testing would actually involve, or the spirometry results page for background information on what the lung testing results look like.

Technique is an important element within the test as they attendee needs to provide the sample in the correct way. To help this we have test instructions available in Urdu, Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati.

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