Occupational lung diseases are conditions that affect the respiratory system resulting from occupational exposure to risk factors such as irritant dust, gases and vapours. Exposure can be harmful to employees and cause serious illnesses.
Employers have a duty to minimise airborne contaminants and reduce the risk of exposure to workers by implementing a robust respiratory surveillance program and performing regular employee lung function tests.
Spirometry screening is used to detect conditions such as occupational lung disease, occupational asthma, silicosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Abnormalities can be detected even when no other signs or symptoms are evident.
Our program aims to monitor the employee’s health over a period of time to determine if lung function has been affected by work-related exposure.
The earlier the intervention, the earlier treatment can be sought, and reviews on work practices can take place, such as appropriate PPEs, training etc. Where the workforce is potentially exposed to known contaminates a health surveillance program will keep work-related respiratory concerns to a minimum. We highly recommend our tailored Respirator Fit Test Screening program to ensure your workers are protected.