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Sanford OccMed earns NIOSH certification

Sanford OccMed receives initial approval as NIOSH-approved spirometry facility

  • Jan 03, 2017

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) operates the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP), which provides respiratory health screening and surveillance to U.S. coal miners.

Sanford Health Occupational Medicine has received conditional approval as a NIOSH-approved spirometry facility for the CWHSP, under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Under this program, coal miners are entitled to respiratory health screening via questionnaires, chest radiography and lung function testing through spirometry upon entry into the coal mining workforce and periodically throughout their careers.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the conditional approval is effective through Feb. 1, 2018. During the 18-month conditional approval period, NIOSH will work with all spirometer manufacturers listed on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device website to help them meet required spirometer specifications and results reporting standards.

Approved CWHSP medical facilities must use spirometers that:

  • Comply with electronic data transfer capabilities
  • Meet compliance with American Thoracic Society performance standards
  • Satisfy specific NIOSH requirements regarding the content of spirometry test reports

NIOSH will perform quality assurance reviews on all miner data submitted by facilities as part of the CWHSP. Each examination will be evaluated for compliance with regulatory requirements and current professional standards for administering spirometry tests.

Sanford OccMed’s comprehensive program is tailored to your business’ needs and is backed by Sanford’s team of medical specialists.

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