Most lung diseases take many years of exposure to develop, which means that symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing develop gradually and are not always obvious. Spirometry testing can often identify problems early on, even before a physical examination or a chest X-ray.
Spirometry Testing is the mainstay for the screening and management of workers at risk of occupational lung disease. It should be performed on all employees who are potentially exposed to irritant dusts, gases and vapours in the workplace and are at risk of occupational lung disease.
Our trained and skilled technicians provide on-site Spirometry Testing using equipment and methods that comply with the latest standards and guidelines. Quick and with minimal disruption, each test only takes around 10 minutes per employee. The results are reviewed and the findings interpreted and provided in a confidential report together with practical recommendations. If required, a referral will be made for clinical diagnostic testing.
Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing. A Spirometry Test (also known as a Workplace Lung Function Test) assesses how well the lungs work by measuring:
The WHS Regulations place specific duties on employers to provide health monitoring to workers who use hazardous chemicals, including workers who are exposed to lead and asbestos. You must provide health monitoring to all workers using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals or where there is a significant risk to health because of exposure to a scheduled chemical or asbestos.
Safe Work Australia’s document “Health Monitoring for Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals” (2013) lists Spirometry Testing as an approved health monitoring tool.