Are you starting a new job? Your employer might require a physical exam before the offer is official or before you start your first day’s work.
In some workplaces, a special physical is required to assess the prospective employee’s capacity to remain safe based on physical and mental health. Once the employee begins work, the assessment is taken annually (or more frequently) to ensure the safety of the individual encountering physical hazards or hazardous materials.
What Are OSHA Physicals?
If you are going into a line of work that exposes you to hazardous substances or physical hazards, your employer will require an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) physical exam to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
The OSHA training course takes 10 hours to complete and provides an entry-level worker’s general awareness of how to recognize and respond to hazardous situations.
Who needs an OSHA pre-employment exam?
- Employees working with or exposed to hazardous materials
- Employees working with physical hazards
- Employees who need to wear personal protective equipment
- Employees exposed to toxic chemicals
DOT Physical Exam
The DOT (Department of Transportation) exam is another specialty physical. It is required of employees operating vehicles in interstate commerce.
What does DOT test for?
- Blood testing for high blood pressure and other medical conditions
- Urinalysis for drugs and alcohol
- Physical exam
The DOT exam takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.
Broadway Health can assist with your OSHA or DOT physicals. We are here for any of your employee healthcare services. Feel free to schedule or show up for a walk-in appointment when you have an opening in your calendar.