Lung Function Surveillance in The Workplace Services Across The United Kingdom
Lung Function Tests / Workplace Spirometry
What Are Your Legal Duties As An Employer?
Lung function tests are mandatory in any industry where workers might be exposed to hazardous substances. The tests we undertake provide employers with a baseline for future reference and they can also assess employees’ fitness to work. Lung function testing should be performed on all employees potentially exposed to irritant dusts, gases and vapours in the workplace.
Lung function tests are advisable for employees working with acknowledged ‘respiratory sensitizers’, such as products known to cause occupational asthma, like isocyanates, ‘aldehydes’, flour and wood dust. The tests must be provided regularly, unless the employer is confident that hazard and risk to health is controlled.
In the long term, these tests can help you proactively manage your employee health and prevent work-related health issues from arising.
What Are Workplace Spirometry Tests?
Spirometry Tests (Lung Function Tests) aim to detect early damage to lung function from exposure to respiratory sensitisers and other substances that have the potential to cause serious ill health.
For example, silicosis may be caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the stone cutting industry.
Baseline testing can be an early detection mechanism and the screening records may also be used to reduce liabilities in respect of industrial claims for compensation.
Substances that can cause Occupational Lung Disease
Substances that can cause Occupational Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Occupational Asthma, normally trigger a Health Surveillance requirement or, in particular, spirometry / lung-function tests. Examples of such respiratory sensitisers are:
- Welding Fumes
- Dust and other Airborne Particulates (including Wood Dust)
- Paints / Adhesives/ Resins
- Soldering Flux
Lung Disease / COPD
- Silica Dust / Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
- Ceramic Fibre
Note: This is not a complete list and you should refer to the latest COSHH regulations / assessments.
Common Activities That Cause Respiratory Problems
- Vehicle spray painting, foam manufacturing
- Handling grain at docks, milling, malting, baking
- Soldering, electronic assembly
- Laboratory animal work
- Sawmilling, woodworking
- Curing of Expoxy resins
Workplace Spirometry Tests Nationwide
Healthscreen offers a UK wide, on-site spirometry testing or, as it is more often called, lung-function testing service. We use expert, fully trained technicians, plus equipment and methods that comply with the latest standards and guidelines. Our spirometry tests are very convenient, simple to engage and cause minimal disruption; with each lung-function test only taking 15 – 20 minutes per person.
Analysis of the findings is provided in a confidential format, and employees requiring referral to an occupational health practitioner/GP are confidentially identified. A report containing anonymous data is also provided.
HealthScreen UK have many years of experience in providing Spirometric services to enable compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. We provide Spirometry Tests and Workplace Lung Function Tests with expert technical advice and interpretation of the findings, as well as cost effective and practical recommendations for solutions.