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Depending on your industry, you may need employees to receive a pre-hire physical before they start on the job.

There are some misconceptions about what a pre-hire physical entails and why exactly they are necessary. We’re covering the basics of pre-hire physicals and why employers should be sure to pursue pre-employment examinations.

Pre-Hire Physicals: What They Are & Why They Matter

What’s Included in a Pre-Hire Physical?

Pre-hire physicals are intended to establish that employees are equipped to perform required on-the-job duties. As such, they include assessment of an individual’s physical and mental readiness.

The following components are typically included in pre-employment physicals:

  • Documentation of occupational and medical history
  • Musculoskeletal examination
  • Evaluation of the respiratory system
  • Examination of head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Hearing and vision testing
  • Assessment of heart health
  • Baseline health information gleaned from cholesterol testing and blood pressure check

These tests will help confirm that an individual is able-bodied and ready to take on the physical and mental tasks required for their position.

What Are the Benefits of a Pre-Hire Physical?

Pre-hire physicals offer a number of benefits to employers and employees alike. They help keep workplaces safe by preventing workplace accidents and injuries. In this way, they also lower employer liabilities and expenses, such as medical costs, insurance premiums, disability claims, legal fees, and more. Baseline data collected in the pre-hire physical can also help employers evaluate employee health down the line, which is key if there are claims of occupational hazards.

Additional Pre-Employment Testing

Industry regulations and best practices may also require additional pre-hire testing. If you are DOT-regulated, you will need to conduct pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. Employers with certain occupational hazards and OSHA requirements may need to conduct a pulmonary function test, quantitative or qualitative respirator fit testing, HAZMAT/Asbestos screening, hearing tests, orĀ respiratory medical clearance.

Partnering for Pre-Hire Physicals & Pre-Employment Testing

ARCpoint Occupational Solutions can serve as a one-stop solution for all your pre-hire needs. From background screening to pre-hire physicals to comprehensive pre-employment testing — including screenings to ensure DOT and OSHA compliance — we provide all you need to make sound hiring decisions.

To get started, contact AOS online today, or call 888-663-1881.