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Pulmonary Function Testing

What is a pulmonary function test? 

A pulmonary function test assesses lung performance. Some Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards require pulmonary function testing to be performed by either a licensed physician or a technician who has successfully completed a training course approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Test results are interpreted by comparing an employee’s readings with those predicted for a person of similar description (e.g., gender, age, and height).

    Man in hazmat suit working with hazardous chemicals

    Why are pulmonary function tests necessary?

    If there is a possibility of hazardous airborne materials being released, pulmonary function testing helps establish a baseline of lung performance, which is essential for determining adverse occupational effects. Pulmonary function testing is a component of medical surveillance exams.

      Women at the doctors looking at pulmonary function test results

      What does Concentra provide?

      Concentra uses spirometry, the most common type of pulmonary function testing, to assess standard measurements of lung function. To prepare for a pulmonary function test, an employee should avoid:

      • Smoking for at least an hour before
      • Eating a large meal for at least two hours before
      • Exercising 30 minutes prior to the test.

      In addition to these measures, the employee should wear comfortable clothing and inform the technician if he or she is taking medication.

        How does Concentra help ensure regulatory compliance?

        A Concentra medical expert panel on regulatory testing and examinations ensures our services align with all current standards and laws for respiratory protection, bloodborne pathogens, asbestos, lead, silica, beryllium, and more. We serve all industries where hazardous airborne exposures are possible.  Concentra is the occupational health provider business leaders turn to for good reason:

        • 40 years of experience
        • A national network of medical centers
        • Expertise in federal and state regulations
        • Regulatory Testing and Examinations Medical Expert Panel

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