The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, require employers to control exposures to hazardous substances to protect employees’ health. Employers must assess the exposure (exposure means taking in chemicals by breathing in, by skin contact or by swallowing) and the risk that this exposure would cause undue health effects. (Health and Safety Executive)
Spirometry is the assessment of the functioning of the lungs by measuring the flow rate and volume of air that is expelled after a deep inspiration.
The purpose of health surveillance is to identify:
- whether those employees who may be at risk are being adversely affected at an early stage and thereby prevent any serious health effects from occurring, and
- to monitor the effectiveness of controls over working practices in preventing harmful exposures.
We use this in occupational health for new starter placement, assessment of fitness and ongoing health surveillance whilst in employment.
It is used as a baseline for health surveillance where employees are exposed to respiratory hazards, asbestos, dusts, fumes and gases covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and to assess fitness for the role.
Ongoing health surveillance for continued exposure to respiratory hazards, irritants and sensitisers.