What is a NIOSH-approved spirometry training course?

The Cotton Dust Standard [29 CFR 1910.1043external icon], 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 Standard. [29 CFR 1926.1153external icon], and the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) Specifications for Medical Examinations of Coal Miners [42 C.F.R. Part 37external icon].

Note: Facilities performing spirometry testing on coal miners or coal mine contractors (surface and underground) must apply for Spirometry Facility Approval.

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NIOSH Spirometry Training Program
1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown WV  26505
Email: NIOSHbreathe@cdc.gov

Learning Curves: Technical Procedures for Spirometry in the Occupational Setting

Page last reviewed: October 29, 2018