Lung function tests

A lung function test – also referred to as spirometry – is a breathing test to assess lung function.

These are completed to assess lung function as part of a routine programme of health assessment where there is exposure to respiratory sensitisers or other substances which could cause harm to lung function.  This ensures that employers meet their obligations following risk assessment under Health & Safety at Work Regulations.

For some activities, they are completed pre-exposure, to ensure fitness for work and to obtain baseline data and then at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months following initial exposure and annually thereafter. For others, baseline and annual review is sufficient.

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