Spirometry Training Program
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: OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards for general industry and maritime and construction and NIOSH’s Specifications for Medical Examinations of Coal Miners.
Note: Facilities performing spirometry testing on coal miners or coal mine contractors (surface and underground) must apply for Spirometry Facility Approval.
Learn more about the NIOSH Spirometry Training Program here.
Current Guidance for Spirometry Testing
- August 2021: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recently provided updated guidance on performing Occupational Spirometry and Fit Testing in the COVID-19 Era.
NIOSH-approved Course Certificates
When checking expiration on a NIOSH-approved course certificate, be sure to include the 7-month grace period, then add the 2021 one-year extension.
For example, if you successfully completed a course on April 7, 2016, your final expiration date is:
5 years + 7 months + 1 year = November 2022
NOTE: NO extensions will be given for certificates expiring in 2022.
Refresher class sizes are limited. Register for available courses as soon as possible. NIOSH-approved live virtual and in-class refresher courses are listed on the Spirometry Course Schedule. Check with active sponsors to sign up for waiting lists.
Sponsor #126, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, has scheduled its first open-enrollment, blended NIOSH-approved Spirometry Training Course for August 21-27, 2022. A blended initial course includes recorded lectures, a live Zoom meeting, and an in-class practicum session. Further information and a registration link can be found here https://www.luriechildrens.org/en/events/niosh-approved-spirometry-training-course/.
Daily calibration checks are required.
Check spirometers daily before testing. Inject 3 liters of air at three different flow rates: slow, medium, and fast.
NIOSH Spirometry Training Program
1000 Frederick Lane, Morgantown WV 26508