Employers have an obligation to provide periodic respiratory assessments for workers who are at risk of exposure to hazardous airborne substances and are required to wear respiratory personal protective equipment in the workplace, in accordance with provisions set out in WHS regulations.
Respiratory monitoring in the workplace
Spirometry assessments are used to assess an employee’s fitness to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as the various types of respirators that are commonly used industries like coal mining, manufacturing, warehousing and other occupations that involve respiratory risk factors in the work environment.
Spirometry assessments are also used to monitor an individual’s lung function over time, particularly in industries where employees are at risk of occupational exposure to substances and environments that can result in development of occupational lung diseases, including asbestosis, asthma, silicosis and Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP).
Occupational lung diseases are a priority condition under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The strategy encourages collaboration between federal state and territory governments, unions, industry and other organisations, and provides a framework to drive continuous improvement in workplace health and safety – particularly with regard to raising awareness of employer responsibilities around dust control measures and monitoring the incidence and extent of occupational lung disease in Australia.
Safe Work Australia has implemented a comprehensive work plan for occupational lung diseases that aims to raise awareness of control measures for minimising or eliminating airborne contaminants that cause occupational lung disease in the workplace. The work plan includes key initiatives that supplement the compliance and education activities being undertaken in the states and territories, with a focus on the prevention of occupational lung disease in micro and small to medium enterprises.
How can Hayden Health & Safety help your business meet its respiratory
function monitoring requirements?
Hayden Health & Safety offer a fast and effective, non-disruptive assessment solution to ensure your employees are fit for duty and that any respiratory issues are identified as early as possible, so that they can be monitored and managed accordingly.
The spirometry assessments offered by Hayden Health & Safety give employers the ability to establish base levels of respiratory function for current or prospective employees, monitor employees’ respiratory function over time, and identify any potential hazards, issues or liabilities before they become problematic.
Hayden Health & Safety Spirometry Assessment services
Safe Work Australia advises that spirometry assessments should be performed on individuals at risk of exposure to airborne hazards to establish a baseline for comparison before the individual starts working in the hazardous environment or industry, for example, as part of pre-employment testing processes, or as soon as possible after an individual commences employment.
Safe Work Australia also requires at-risk employees to be routinely re-assessed on a regular or periodic basis (at least, every 12 months), in line with your organisation’s policies and procedures, as part of continuous workplace health monitoring programs.
Our custom-made mobile testing vehicle can visit your site anywhere in NSW, or you can arrange appointments for spirometry assessment at our office, conveniently located in Cardiff NSW.
How do Hayden Health & Safety Spirometry Assessments work?
1. Contact us
Contact Hayden Health & Safety to discuss your organisation’s needs and arrange a suitable time for assessment/s to be conducted.
2. Prior to the assessment date
A Hayden Health & Safety testing technician will contact you to discuss the testing process, answer any further questions you might have and confirm the details.
NB There are specific preparation instructions that must be followed by individuals being assessed. More information on this can be found in our Spirometry FAQ.
3. On the day of the assessment
If assessments are to be performed at your worksite, the fully accredited Hayden Health & Safety testing technician/s will arrive at your workplace in our specially designed, fully contained mobile testing vehicle at the appointed time, and conduct testing in a systematic way that enables your business to continue to operate with minimal disruption.
If an assessment is to be conducted at Hayden’s office premises, the individual should arrive at our office 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time, to allow for completion of required paperwork.
4. After the assessment process
The spirometry assessments performed by Hayden Health & Safety provide instant results, so individuals can be provided with their results immediately. Your organisation’s key stakeholder contact will be given a report upon completion of the assessment process.
Where can you access more information on workplace Spirometry Assessments?
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions on spirometry assessment, check out our Spirometry FAQ.
To arrange for a Hayden Health & Safety representative to meet with you to discuss your respiratory assessment and monitoring needs and work out an assessment schedule that suits your business, please contact us today.