Why Do I Need A Lung Function Test? Breathing; it’s an essential part of life. In fact, it’s one of the most essential parts of life. Therefore if anything affects your ability to breathe, you’re going to have a less than fun time. Nobody should struggle to breathe due to their job role, and as an employer, it’s your responsibility to protect the health, safety and well being of your employees. Prevention is the best form of protection and it’s vital that you implement a holistic approach to protecting the lung function of your employees.
In order to best assess what risks your employees face, we recommend conducting a risk assessment. You can either carry this out or organise a specialist company, like ourselves, to undertake it on your behalf. Risk assessments uncover the hazards in your workplace, who is at risk of these hazards as well as the measures taken to control the risks and protect your employees.
Sometimes, a risk assessment isn’t enough and there are risks that simply cannot be eradicated. If you encounter any of these then you will need to take further steps, such as health surveillance. In particular, if your employees work with any of the below you will need to organise a lung function test:
solvents, dusts, fumes, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health asbestos, lead or work in compressed air resin, paint or chemicals
Some popular careers that may be at high risk from respiratory risks are:
bakeries and food processors, beauty services, cleaning services, healthcare services, painters, repairers (including electronics), welders and woodworkers (including forestry)
Control measures aren’t always reliable, despite appropriate checking and maintenance. Health surveillance helps ensure that any ill health effects are detected as early as possible.
Mobile, Workplace Lung Function Services
If your employees are regularly exposed to hazardous substances such as dusts, gases, vapours or other airborne inhalants then it is your legal responsibility to control and monitor their exposure levels. Our mobile spirometry service involves our expert health surveillance team visiting your site to carry out the relevant testing on your employees.
Won’t This Be A Big Disruption To My Workforce?
The key benefit of working with us is that we’re mobile. We work around your business’s operating hours whether this is the usual 9am-5pm, night or weekend shifts. There is no need for you team to travel to an external clinic as we will travel the length an breadth of the country to visit your premises. We can test your employees anywhere, any time and any place!
What Happens In The Assessment?
As per the
NHS website, “LFT is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath . It’s carried out using a device called a spirometer. This is a small machine attached by a cable to a mouthpiece.”
This test is carried out by our health surveillance technicians in any one of our fleet of mobile medical units. This is used to detect early warning signs of various lung problems. It can also be used to diagnose them.
How Often Should My Team Undergo Lung Function Testing?
Your employee should undergo a LFT assessment before commencement of employment or before they start working with a subtance that can affect their lungs. You will then need to monitor the health of your employees’ lungs by arranging annual LFT testing.
Why Do I Need To Give My Staff One?
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure and organise the health surveillance required by your own company. HSE inspectors often request copies of health records as part of their checks, you need to be able to demonstrate you have appropriate health surveillance in place. If an employee is hurt at work, you need to be able to demonstrate that you took all the necessary steps to avoid this, or face an employment tribunal which could cost you thousands of pounds. Is it really worth losing a valued employee and thousands of pounds, just for the sake of a LFT?
As well as offering a wide range of health surveillance services, we offer a full suite of
occupational health services designed to protect the health of your staff, no matter what industry your business is in. Whatever you need, you can rely on the team at the ELAS Group. We’ll help protect the health and wellbeing of both your staff and your business. Find out more, give us a call today on 08450 50 40 60 and get your free consultation with one of our industry experts!