Pre-Employment Physicals

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The pre-employment physical is known as a collection of medical exams performed to evaluate a potential job candidate. Different workplaces and/or industries may require different assessments and/or requirements for said physicals.

Pre-employment physicals are mainly conducted to determine ‘whether a potential applicant is physical and/or mentally capable of meeting specified requirements needed for a job.’ Most pre-employment physicals ensure patient exams are treated with confidentiality and privacy during the exam sessions themselves.

This helps prevent employee-sanctioned practitioners from producing inaccurate or improperly conducted physicals. The best pre-employment physicals ensure a patient’s results are as accurate as possible, while allowing potential employees to learn if their physical condition remains adequate enough for their new job.

Most pre-employment physicals are performed by a medical practitioner, like Dr. Doug Cook, paying close mind to the actual projected job duties of the patient. As an example, jobs that involve heavy manual labor may require a full physical exam to understand the condition of a patient’s body, determining what they’re capable of performing on work sites. Many pre-employment physical exams around the country review a patient’s medical, in addition to:

• Performing a full physical examination, such as a DOT (Department of Transportation) exam
• Testing a patient’s vitals, height/weight and blood pressure
• Testing the senses, like vision and hearing tests
• Peripheral testing, such as hair analysis and general drug testing like urine testing
• Testing for breath thresholds/the condition of the lungs, such as spirometer testing and other respiratory testing

The pre-employment physical is usually issued by an employer, following the hiring of a new employee. Most of these exams are tailored to test for parameters relevant to the job in question. Pre-employment physical exams vary based on the employer and/or the institution administering the exams. In addition, these exams are generally conducted by a separate medical examiner, apart from the patient’s personal doctor. In most cases, it’s required by state law.

The main reason behind using a separate medical practitioner for a medical exam is maintaining consistency between exam results. As an example, if a new employee undergoes the exam under the care of their personal doctor, the results from said exam may not match with what the employer expects, particularly if they’re conducting parts of the exam themselves.

The pre-employment medical exam is an essential part of getting hired for a new company. Dr. Doug Cook advises that all new employees should prepare for their pre-employment exam before settling in any new company of theirs. Contact the offices of Dr. Doug Cook for further information about pre-employment physicals.