Lung Function (Spirometry)

There are many things an employer can do to reduce the risk of occupational asthma in the workplace.
Employers must assess the risk of exposure (exposure means taking in chemicals by breathing, by skin or swallowing).

COSHH requires that:

  • Operator controls e.g. following instructions
  • Mechanical controls e.g. local exhaust ventilation protective gloves

Health Surveillance – the purpose is to monitor and protect the health of individual employees.

Symptoms

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Sneezing/runny nose
  • Itchy and inflamed eyes

Occupational Asthma is an allergic reaction that can occur in people when they are exposed to substances e.g. wood dust or flour. These substances are called respiratory sensitizers or asthmagens; they can cause a change in people’s airways, known as the “hypersensitive state”.
Not everyone who becomes sensitised goes onto get asthma. But once the lungs become hypersensitive further exposure to the substance even at low levels may trigger an attack.
Work related asthma – Work related asthma or asthma made worse by work and is caused by substances in the workplace that irritate the airways of individuals with pre-existing asthma.
Respiratory irritants may trigger attacks in those with occupational asthma or pre-existing asthma. Examples are Chlorine, general dust, cold air.

Popular Occupations affected

  • Bakers,
  • Vehicle spray painters,
  • solderers,
  • woodworkers,
  • healthcare employees.

The tests take around 20 minutes per person and you will be given the results for your records, contact us for pricing and availability. Mobile Health Surveillance offer pre and exit employment screening for as little as 1 to 2 employees.

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