Requirement to Test
Spirometry testing or, as it is more often called, lung-function testing is often a requirement triggered when employees are in certain occupations or exposed to certain chemicals and processes, for example, bakeries and flour dust, welders, wood working, chemical plants etc. Note: This is not a complete list and you should refer to the latest COSHH regulations / assessments. If you are unsure request an Occupational Health assessment from ABC to assist you with what may be required.
This test comprises of a comprehensive questionnaire to provide a background of the individual’s general health and identify any potential risk of Lung Disease, as well as ensuring they are ok to undertake the physical test. The test itself is non-invasive and requires the person to simply breathe out into a machine that measures how much air they can blow out of their lungs and how quickly.
Provided the questionnaire is completed prior to testing, then the physical test process takes approx. 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
The spirometry testing is compliant with the statutory Health Surveillance requirements as laid down by the HSE or the COSHH regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002) for substances identified as respiratory sensitisers.
As part of the test process the Health Practitioner will gather personal medical information which is kept confidential. All such records will be kept off site with the OH provider or if a suitably locked filing system is provided on site to which only the OH Provider has sole access then this enables us to keep records with the employer. An Employee may consent to records being viewed or kept by the employer or being disclosed to a third party.
A summary of the employee’s results along with the required fit to work sign off where applicable, will be made available along with details of any further referrals advised and any information to enable the management of any health or safety related matters or details of any further action the employer needs to take.