Spirometry-Pulmonary Function Testing

The performance of spirometry serves an essential function in the prevention, diagnosis, observation, and therapy of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lung function tests are mandatory in any industry where the workforce is exposed to hazardous substances that contain acknowledged respiratory sensitizers. Testing should also be performed on employees who are potentially exposed to irritant dusts, gasses, and vapors in the workplace.

A lung function test aims to detect early lung damage from exposure to respiratory sensitizers from activities such as:

  • Airborne dust on construction sites
  • Isocyanates found in two-pack paint sprays
  • Jack hammering bitumen in roadwork’s
  • Wearing powdered natural latex gloves
  • Dusty roofs from laying insulation
  • OSHA Silica Dust Standards

These substances can cause Occupational Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Occupational Asthma.  The Occupations most at risk include:

  • Painters and the Automotive Body shop industry
  • Healthcare services
  • Bakeries and food production
  • Repairers in the electronics industry
  • Wood workers including the forestry industry
  • Welders
  • Cleaning service industry
  • Beauty service industry
  • Construction Workers Exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Spirometry testing for employees working with respiratory sensitizers should be tested as employment commences to establish a baseline of lung function. This should be followed by annual testing. Where a lung-function abnormality is identified or the risk of lung damage is high spirometry may be carried out more frequently.

Nationwide Workplace Spirometry Tests

KSA can provide on-site lung-function testing utilizing fully trained professionals with equipment and methods that comply with the latest standards and guidelines. We provide a personal service with one contact for the duration of the project. Testing is convenient and simple to engage and our 24 hour service ensures minimal disruption to your business. Each lung-function test takes approximately 15 minutes.

In many cases we can combine lung-function testing with hearing testing and training.