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
- The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM): Occupational Spirometry and Fit Testing in the COVID-19 Era
- The CDC: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
- New Sponsorships: Welcome to Texas State University Department of Respiratory Care, Sponsorship #131 and Quality1st Diagnostics, LLC Sponsorship #130. See SPIROMETRY COURSE SCHEDULE for upcoming course offerings.
- 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.
- New Web-based NIOSH-approved Refresher Course: Roy McKay, University of Cincinnati. See Course Schedule page to register.
- 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 beyond the usual 7-month grace period will be given for certificates expiring in 2022.
Daily calibration checks are required.
Check spirometers daily before testing. Inject 3 liters of air at three different flow rates: slow, medium, and fast.