October 21, 2020


Lung Capacity Test

As standard with all health surveillance programmes, a medical history questionnaire is completed. This allows the testing team to identify any medical problems which could affect the results of any tests carried out. It also allows the individual the opportunity to discuss any medical concerns they have and receive appropriate advice thereafter.

Lung function or capacity tests are vital for those employees where they are placed at risk from fumes or inhalation of substances which can damage the lungs.

There are many substances called respiratory sensitisers at work that can cause breathing problems and in particular occupational asthma. They are used in a wide range of work activities.

What are Respiratory Sensitisors?

A respiratory sensitiser is a substance which when breathed in can trigger an irreversible allergic reaction in the respiratory system. Once this sensitisation reaction has taken place, further exposure to the substance, even to the tiniest trace, will produce symptoms. Sensitisation does not usually take place right away. It generally happens after several months or even years of breathing in the sensitiser.

Examples of sensitisers range from: wood dust, glues and resins to latex gloves used in certain industries.

How Do I Assess the Risks?

COSHH requires you to carry out an assessment of the risks created by work which are likely to expose your employees to respiratory sensitisers.