Pre-employment physical exams are becoming more and more common in the workforce. Employers can legally require potential employees to undergo physicals, which include medical examinations and drug testing. An employer can only legally require a physical after offering the applicant a position. This helps prevent against discrimination.
Why Physicals are Needed
Exams are often required for the employee’s protection. If a job requires heavy lifting or transporting objects, the employer will want to ensure applicants are in good health. They are also conducted to ensure the employee can carry out the required tasks. If the person isn’t capable of standing for long periods of time or has other limitations, the employer may need to adjust the tasks or place the employee in a different department. In addition to protecting the employee, the physicals also protect the employer from work-related medical lawsuits. If the physical reveals an employee has a medical condition or illness, they can avoid placing him in a strenuous or physically demanding position. Drug testing is often a requirement to obtain employment, especially when the job requires handling or operating heavy or dangerous equipment.
How Testing Works
A pre-employment physical exam typically consists of a basic check-up at a professional testing facility, such as Work Well PLLC. The examiner checks the employee’s vital signs, height, weight, reflexes, hearing, vision, range of motion, heart health and respiratory function. The examiner also interviews the employee to determine his medical history and any existing conditions, illnesses and disabilities. The examiner will determine if the employee is currently taking an medication that could affect or impair his job performance. Drug and alcohol tests look for illegal and prescription drugs and alcohol in the system. There are various methods of drug and alcohol testing, such as breathalyzers, blood tests, urine tests, hair-strand testing and mouth swabbing. Work Well PLLC offers a range of testing options for employers to choose from.
Contact us for more information about employee physicals and testing by calling 888-598-7059.