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What is a NIOSH-approved spirometry training course?

The Cotton Dust Standard [29 CFR 1910.1043], promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), gives the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) the responsibility to approve spirometry training courses for individuals who administer spirometry tests to employees exposed to cotton dust. In addition to the Cotton Dust Standard, two other regulations now require NIOSH-approved spirometry training: the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) Specifications for Medical Examinations of Underground Coal Miners [42 C.F.R. Part 37], and OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. [29 CFR 1926.1153].

NIOSH approves a spirometry training course when it determines that the course director, faculty, practicum equipment, and curriculum meet the minimum OSHA/NIOSH criteria. Upon successful completion of a NIOSH-approved course, students are provided with a spirometry training certificate issued by the course director. Certificates are valid for 5 years. All NIOSH-approved Spirometry Training Course Sponsors offer initial 2- to 3-day courses, and a number of sponsors also offer 1-day refresher courses.

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NIOSH Spirometry Training Program
1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown WV  26505
Phone: 304-285-6022