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Spirometry

Spirometry screening is a technique used to detect early damage to lung function resulting from the exposure of substances hazardous to health.

Lung function tests are mandatory in industries where people might be exposed to hazardous substances and respiratory sensitisers.

Our high quality screening process will identify any individuals at risk through a short questionnaire and the findings from the spirometer. These findings will be documented in a detailed report which will offer future recommendations and practical changes.

Spirometry screening can be supplied by Agility to companies countrywide. Our tailored service means that the screening schedule can be adapted to suit your businesses needs.

The screening can take place in a room on site or in one of our mobile screening units.

We can provide spirometry testing on-site conducted by our occupational health technicians who are trained professionals, using equipment and procedures that comply with the latest standards and guidelines.

Testing is convenient and simple to engage ensuring minimal disruption to your business. Spirometry testing takes up to 15 minutes per appointment which entails:

  • Height, Weight and BMI
  • A questionnaire documenting all employees medical information previous substance exposure and current
  • A recommendation for employees whose lung function is found to be affected with a GP referral and an option for a fit to work letter produced by our Occupational Health Nurse

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, necessitate employers to control exposures to hazardous substances to protect employees’ health.

Employers must assess the exposure and the risk that this exposure would cause undue health effects. For example employees being exposed to chemicals that can cause harm by either inhaling hazardous chemicals, or contact via the skin or even swallowing.

Spirometry tests are lung function tests aiming to distinguish any premature impairment to the lungs instigated by exposure to respiratory sensitisers and other substances which has the potential to cause serious ill health. For example, silicosis may be caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the stone cutting industry.

Substances that can cause Occupational Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Occupational Asthma normally trigger a Health Surveillance requirement. For Instance respiratory sensitisers are:

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Causes of Occupational Asthma

  • Isocyanates
  • Welding Fumes
  • Dust and other Airborne Particulates (including Wood Dust)
  • Paints / Adhesives/ Resins
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Latex
  • Soldering Flux

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Causes of Lung Disease / COPD

  • Asbestos
  • Silica Dust / Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
  • Ceramic Fibre

However there are many more sensitisers and you should refer to the most update to date records from COSHH regulations/assessments.

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Activities That Cause Respiratory Problems

  • Vehicle spray painting, foam manufacturing
  • Handling grain at docks, milling, malting, baking
  • Soldering, electronic assembly
  • Laboratory animal work
  • Saw-milling, woodworking
  • Curing of Epoxy resins

Contact Agility R&C

Agility Risk & Compliance Ltd provide tailored solutions to mitigate risk and improve compliance in Health and Safety, HR, Training, and Occupational Health.

If you have an enquiry please call us on 01527 571611 or email us on info@agilityrac.com.

Existing clients call our 24-hour service and you will be directed to your expert consultant.

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