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Current Guidance for Spirometry Testing

What's New
  • A live NIOSH-approved Virtual Initial Course is scheduled for July 19-21, 2021. Please contact Course Sponsor #101.
  • Course Sponsor #101 is now NIOSH-approved to teach live webinar refresher courses! Sponsors #101 and #119 have webinar refreshers planned for 2021.
  • New NIOSH-approved live webinar refresher courses are listed on the 2021 schedule. See “Live Webinar Refresher Courses” on the Spirometry Course Schedule.

Special Notice: NIOSH-approved Course Certificate Extensions

The NIOSH Spirometry Training Program is extending NIOSH-approved Spirometry Training Course certificates with expiration dates in calendar years 2019-2020 for 18 months from expiration (5 years + 7 months). Total extension from date of training is now 7 years, 1 month.

Depending on conditions over time, additional adjustments may be made as necessary. Because performing forced vital capacity maneuvers has the potential to generate respiratory aerosols, the NIOSH Spirometry Training Course Program strongly recommends that spirometry training courses remain closed until further notice.

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 Standards for general industry and maritimeexternal icon and constructionexternal icon and NIOSH’s Specifications for Medical Examinations of Coal Minersexternal icon.

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.

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NIOSH Spirometry Training Program
1000 Frederick Lane, Morgantown WV 26508
Email: NIOSHbreathe@cdc.gov

Learning Curves: Technical Procedures for Spirometry in the Occupational Setting

Page last reviewed: February 26, 2020