Pulmonary Function Testing
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The employee blows into a mouthpiece multiple times to allow the spyrometer to calculate his or her lung capacity and condition. This test can identify an otherwise unidentified lung condition, or a significant obstruction of the lungs.
A person found to have this type of condition will need to a doctor's evaluation before being allowed to don a respirator mask for job-related testing. OSHA requires this testing for all smokers along with anyone having a significant history of heart or lung problems.
What is Pulmonary Function Testing?
Using spirometry, this test looks at basic lung function, establishing a baseline and can identify problems with the pulmonary system. Pulmonary testing is required by OSHA before fit testing of any full-face respirator, and for anyone with certain health conditions, as well as all smokers. We have to make sure the lungs are functioning correctly before wearing a respirator can be allowed. Using spirometry, this test looks at basic lung function, establishing a baseline and can identify problems with the pulmonary system. Our staff are NIOSH certified spirometry specialists.