People who have jobs that hold the responsibility of ensuring their own safety, as well as the safety of others, are said to have jobs that are designed to be ‘ safety-sensitive.” For example, someone working for the department of transportation, is considered an employee with a “safety-sensitive” job. In order to maintain their position, they are required to get a regular DOT physical.
What is a DOT Physical?
A DOT physical refers to a type of physical testing that follows strict guidelines that are mandated by the Federal Department Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in order to ensure that all employees are in good health to continue to work safely. To receive a DOT physical, the provider is required to have a certain specialized certification in order to legally perform it. Areas of testing that the DOT covers include::
With or without correction, drivers are required to have a vision score of 20/40. Also, in their horizontal median, they must have at least 70” peripheral vision in each eye.
Drivers are tested on the required ability to be able to hear a “forced whisper” from a distance of 5ft without the use of a hearing aid.
Blood Pressure/ Pulse Rate
Blood pressure and pulse rate are examined in order to identify irregularities, or high blood pressure.
A urinalysis is performed in order to indicate signs of underlying medical conditions.
The physical exam potion covers a variety of different categories including reflexes and neurological testing.
Drug screenings or urine testing can be performed by employers in order to detect recent drug use of their employees. It is designed to filter drug users who can be a liability to the success of the workplace. Urine drug testing is a painless process that analyzes urine for the presence of illegal drugs and prescription medications. It is performed by collecting a urine sample in a specimen cup. The cup is then often sent to a lab where a formal report can be generated.
Breath Alcohol Testing
A breath alcohol test is designed to measure the amount alcohol is in the air when you breathe out. A specialized device uses your breath measurement in order to determine how much alcohol is in the blood.
If you would like to receive, or learn more about DOT physicals, drug screenings, or breath alcohol testing, reach out to the professionals here at Exceed Urgent Care to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!