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Spirometry is a simple test that can help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions. It can be used as part of ongoing health surveillance and fitness-to-work assessments, particularly for employees who wear respirators or are exposed to particular chemicals, dust, fumes, asbestos and lead.
It is carried out using a spirometer, which is a small machine attached to a mouthpiece. The employee will breathe in and then exhale into the mouthpiece. The spirometer measures:
The test will often be repeated at least three times to ensure a reliable result. Height and weight will be measured before the test and the results of the test will be compared to ‘normal’ readings of someone of the same gender, age, height and weight.
The test can be used to look for any signs of new or worsening occupational-related diseases, including occupational asthma.