What Is A Lung Function Assessment?
A lung function assessment is used for those employees who are regularly exposed to harmful chemicals or vapours, mists and dusts.
How do I know if I need a lung function assessment?
If you work with any of the following substances, you may require respiratory health surveillance:
- Isocyanates (eg two pack spray paints)
- Flour / Grain / Wood dust
- Rosin-cored solder fume
- Latex (powdered natural rubber latex gloves)
- Glues and resins
- Laboratory animals
However, requirements are not restricted to the above, as occupational asthma can also be associated with the following industries:
- Motor vehicle repair
- Beauty Services
- Cleaning Services
- Healthcare Services
- 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, as part of a range of legislative health surveillance checks. The tests provide employers with a baseline for future reference, assess employees’ fitness to work, and establish routine intervals for testing.
Lung function testing:
- Should be performed on all employees potentially exposed to irritant dusts, gases and vapours in the workplace
- Is advisable for employees working with acknowledged ‘respiratory sensitizers’, such as products known to cause occupational asthma, like isocyanates, ‘aldehydes’, flour and wood dust. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a leaflet to help employers assess health risks and decide on any necessary action
- Must be provided regularly following COSHH assessment, unless the employer is confident that hazard and risk to health is controlled
- Can help employers proactively manage employee health and prevent further work-related health issues from arising.