Spirometry can Detect Respiratory Work Injuries in North Carolina

Spirometry testing is part of two guidance documents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for helping reduce workers exposure to respiratory hazards.

Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers know that employers need to be held accountable when the air workers breath is unhealthy. We have had many Greensboro workers’ compensation clients who suffered the effects of poor air quality in the workplace.
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A spirometer is used to measure how well your lungs function when you inhale and exhale. A spirometry test is a very useful tool in determining lung damage.
The new employer’s document, OSHA-NIOSH Infosheet explains the benefit of spirometry testing to their employees. Monitoring employee’s lung function can detect respiratory hazards in the workplace that need correcting. It can also alert employees to changes to their lung function.

OSHA-NIOSH Worker Infosheet, is the employees guidance document. It explains how important spirometry testing is in detecting changes in their lung function. Other information provided includes how the test is administered and how they are entitled to a copy and explanation of the test results.

“Spirometry is the best available test for early detection of decreasing or abnormal lung function,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Our joint effort with NIOSH in developing these products will help broaden outreach and enhance knowledge of preventive measures aimed at protecting worker health and safety.”

The joint effort was a satisfying experience for NIOSH as well.

“We are pleased to join with OSHA in emphasizing the important role of spirometry in preventing costly, debilitating, and potentially fatal occupational lung diseases,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “These tests are a vital component of health and safety programs in workplaces where workers may be exposed to hazardous airborne contaminants.”

OSHA recommends spirometry testing to discover workers being affected from exposure to flavorings, especially food flavorings containing diacetyl and diacetyl substitutes. Further information is available at Occupational Exposure to Flavoring Substances: Health Effects and Hazard Controls and Worker Alert on Diacetyl and Substitutes.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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