Pre-Employment Physical Examinations are done to determine if an applicant is physically capable of meeting the essential functions of the job, while maintaining the examinee’s privacy and medical confidentiality. A well designed physical exam program results in fewer injuries, lower costs and a better match of employees to their jobs.
The exam is performed with attention to the job duties, including physical requirements and potential exposures to hazardous materials. The content of the examination depends on the job and the work-site assessment.
To avoid errors in either the content or the context of the examination, 441 Urgent Care Center uses standard protocols to which the employer and the examining provider both agree. Following the examination, the medical provider gives a written opinion about the person’s suitability to perform the job without health and safety risk to self or others.
A Medical Examination Typically Includes:
441 Urgent Care Center will carefully review your medical and occupational history before proceeding with the physical examination.
◾Complete occupational/medical history
◾Evaluation of the respiratory system
◾Examination of head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
◾Skin and lymphatic examination
◾Evaluation of the cardiovascular system
◾Visual acuity and vital signs, including blood pressure
Developing a Job-Specific Pre-Employment Physical Exam
It is important to keep in mind that MEDICAL personnel can only develop the appropriate tests for it based on the written description of the job type, and its physical requirements provided by the employer. The written description is essential in two ways. First, it allows the physician to determine with more accuracy if the prospective employee is able to perform the essential tasks of the position. Second, the written description will also serve as proof that the tests are specific to the physical requirements that are essential for the job.
When creating a written description for the job, the employers must properly analyze the job to separate the essential and the nonessential tasks required from employees. The type and level of physical requirements of the essential job-related tasks must likewise be determined by the employer. Existing facilities and services in the workplace to assist people with disabilities must also be included in the written description that the employer will provide the medical professional conducting the physical exam.