Spirometry (lung function testing)
This is the one non-noise service we provide but as it so often sits along side audiometry it is one we have extensive experience of providing over the years. Well, kind of the 'one non-noise service' as we also provide skin assessments as well. OK, two non-noise services.
The need for spirometry arises mainly from that old chestnut, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 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.
Some 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.
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
Spirometry / lung function testing services
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, gender and ethnicity. If issues are found they may be referred for further evaluation to their G.P.
We provide the employer with a detailed report for each attendee with the testing taking place in our mobile audiometry screening unit. Please contact us for a specifc, and surprisingly affordable, quote