Lung Function testing [Spirometry] is used to measure Respiratory Function and monitor for exposure to lung hazards such as respiratory sensitizers and irritants, these can include hazards such as dusts, fumes, gases, vapours and mists.
Lung function testing is also useful for establishing a baseline measurement prior to any potential exposure to respiratory hazards. In addition
Lung function testing can be used as a part of a Well and Healthy at work assessment i.e. lung conditions that affect functional capacity
Frequency of testing: Baseline and ongoing (generally annual) post-accident or exposure to respiratory hazards.
A lung function screening consists of:
Lung function using spirometer to measure some key lung indicators of FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC, PEF
Lung function Questionnaire to determine the following:
Lung Symptoms i.e. wheeze, shortness of breath
Current and past respiratory history for medical conditions, injury or illness
Records exposure history current and past
Identifies any preexisting lung conditions such as asthma & pulmonary disease.
The spirometry results in combination with the questionnaire can help identify any restrictive or obstructive respiratory disorders. In addition work relatedness and effects of non work factors
Test per person takes 10 mins
Reporting on results
A comprehensive report on all results is provided with assessment and analysis of results with any recommendations for further action and to ensure any Worksafe and ACC compliance needs are meet. This report information will also link back to the Hazard Register system
Reporting of results
Consent for Release of Information
Each person tested is required to sign Informed consent to undergo Health monitoring and for any release of work related only information to the employer.
This is standard practice, as required by the Health Safety at Work Act 2015, Privacy Act. Privacy Act 1993.
Health Information Privacy Code 1994