Professional Lung Function Assessments 

Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-02-26 10:53

A lung function assessment is used for those employees who are regularly exposed to harmful chemicals or vapours, mists and dusts.

How do you know if your employees need a lung function assessment?

If your employees work with any of the following substances, you may require respiratory health surveillance:

  • - Isocyanates (eg two pack spray paints)
  • - Flour / Grain / Wood dust
  • - Glutaraldehyde
  • - Rosin-cored solder fume
  • - Latex (powdered natural rubber latex gloves)
  • - Glues and resins
  • - Laboratory animals- hair & chemicals

However, requirements are not restricted to the above, as occupational asthma can also be associated with the following industries:

  • -Motor vehicle repair
  • -Bakeries
  • -Beauty Services
  • -Cleaning Services
  • -Healthcare Services
  • -Painters
  • -Repairers
  • -Welders and Woodworkers

If you detect an employee’s symptoms early enough and reduce their exposure, you will reduce their risk of developing full-blown asthma.

Our aim is to provide a cost effective & efficient lung function assessment service which will be a benefit to both your company & your employees.

A lung function assessment is mandatory in industries where people might be exposed to hazardous substances, making them more likely to be effected. The tests provide employers with a baseline for future reference, assess employees fitness to work, and establish routine intervals for testing.

Lung function testing:

Respiratory should be performed on all employees potentially exposed to irritant dusts, gases and vapours in the workplace. This is advisable for employees working with harmful products known to cause occupational asthma, like isocyanates, flour and wood dust. Employees must be provided regular COSHH assessments, unless the employer is confident that hazard and risk to health is controlled. This helps employers proactively manage employee health and prevent further work-related health issues from arising!
 
What happends in a respiratory assessment.
 
 

Routine lung function tests include spirometry, lung volumes and gas transfer.

 

Spirometry

Spirometry is a test that shows how well you breathe in and out. The device that is used to make the measurements is called a spirometer. We will ask you to breathe in fully and to blow out as hard and fast as you can into the mouthpiece of the spirometer. It is a straight forward test but to catch the best results you may have to repeat this a number of times. 

When the spiratory assessment is complete

When the employee assessments have been completed, all results will be sent back direct the the employer. This will let you know if the employee needs to be referred or is fit to work.

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