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Spirometry Workshop Refresher

Date:  April 23, 2019

Location: Birmingham, AL

Overview: This one day NIOSH approved refresher workshop will cover proper spirometry technique and its importance in occupational health. This course will include 7 hours of instruction, through lectures, class exercises and time in performing spirometry.


  • Review of the most recent ATS/ERS testing standards and guidelines,
  • Review of testing contraindications and procedures,
  • Review of technical procedures and instrumentation requirements including calibration check procedures,
  • Review sources of error, and their correction for both volume displacement and flow measuring spirometers,
  • Review of the effective use of volume-time and flow-volume displays,
  • Review recommended procedures for proper infection control,
  • Differentiation of lung function patterns (normal, obstructive, restrictive, and mixed disease) spirograms.

Spirometry Workshop Refreshers: NIOSH-Approved Spirometry course certificates currently expire 5 years after the course is completed.  To renew NIOSH course certificates, technicians should complete a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher course before their current course certificate expires.  NIOSH is instituting a 7-month grace period to extend the window of time for completing the needed NIOSH-Approved Refresher training.  

For example, 
if the current certificate was awarded on April 1, 2008, then the technician may take a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course within 5 years and 7 months of that date, i.e., until November 1, 2013. 

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Course Director Lisa Montiel, MAEd, RRT, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at UAB Medical West.  Ms. Montiel has a Masters of Arts Degree in Education and is involved with a number of health-related professional organizations and committees.  She is NIOSH-approved course director and has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1981.

Information: For the convenience of the participants, a limited number of sleeping rooms, are available at the hotel where the course will be held. Courtyard Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, AL 35209.  Participants should call the hotel directly at 205-879-0400 for reservation and mention that you are attending a UAB/Deep South Center course.  Room Rates: $108.00/a night plus tax.  

Professional Points As an approved provider of the AL Board of Nursing, The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety (ABNP0420) has awarded: Spirometry Workshop refresher 9.0 contact hours, (ABNP0420, expires 12/21/2022).

Registration fee of $365 must be received in advance. This includes instructional and reference materials. A list of nearby hotels will be provided in your confirmation letter. For the spirogram critique, please submit 5 test results, with tracings, prior to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If the course is canceled, the Deep South Center for OH&S cannot be held responsible for travel expenses. Refund requests must be made in writing. a 20% processing fee will be deducted.

Make checks payable to University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mail to: Deep South Center for OH&S
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Avenue South, RPHB 520A
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
REGISTER BY PHONE: 205-934-7178, FAX: 205-975-7179  or EMAIL:
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