A guide to spirometry as applied to occupational health

S Afr Med J. 1996 Jul;86(7):807-13.


In the context of occupational health, spirometric testing of respiratory function has a number of important applications. These applications can be expected to become more widespread in view of extensive changes to occupational health and compensation legislation in South Africa. Spirometry is an essential component of pre-assignment medical examinations at the commencement of employment; of medical surveillance of workers exposed to hazardous substances so as to intervene when early changes in pulmonary function are detected; of medical evaluation of functional impairment for appropriate job relocation or compensation; and of research. These applications of spirometry each have special considerations which are detailed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Medicine*
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • South Africa
  • Spirometry* / instrumentation
  • Spirometry* / standards
  • Vital Capacity