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As an employer hiring new team members, you hope and trust the candidate selected will be the right fit for the job. To minimize risk, many employers have turned to WORKNET Occupational Medicine to perform post-offer medical testing for potential employees. Our providers are equipped to determine if your candidate is the right fit for the essential functions of the job.
All body systems are evaluated with a special focus on the musculoskeletal system and previous medical history. In all cases, a baseline will be documented and, in some cases, medical conditions will be discovered that may disqualify a candidate from employment. Communication with the employer will occur after the candidate has completed all components of testing.
Physical ability testing may be required in conjunction with the medical post-offer employment test. Physical ability testing is an objective measure designed to determine if the potential candidate is capable of performing core job functions. A trained professional will:
- Visit your site
- Evaluate the job(s)
- Determine the essential functions
- Develop a specific physical ability test
At the time of testing, each candidate is also trained and evaluated on proper body mechanics.
Federal regulations require drivers of certain vehicles to have a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination. Additionally, some states have regulations which require similar medical examinations. WORKNET can consult with you about the specific physical needed and when it should be provided. Our team members have advanced certifications and educated in the ever-changing rules and regulations governing the DOT physicals. We can medically assess your employees' ability to drive or operate equipment based upon these regulations. We also perform DOT mandated drug testing.
Some states require intrastate school bus drivers to undergo medical assessments. WORKNET physicians are knowledgeable about school bus driver physical examinations. These exams determine the physical and mental fitness of a person to operate a school bus safely. In addition to the physical, a tuberculosis test may be required to ensure the driver is free of this communicable disease.
After experiencing an injury or illness, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) permits employers to require return-to-work evaluations to determine if an employee is safe to return to their pre-injury position. By scheduling at one of our convenient locations, you can feel confident that your employees will be fully evaluated and are safe to resume their pre-injury job responsibilities.
Sometimes questions arise regarding an employee’s continued ability to perform their job safely. In contrast to return-to-work evaluations, a fit-for-duty exam evaluates the ability of an at-work employee to safely perform his/her essential job functions on a continued basis. Working within the scope of the ADA, it may be determined that another job may be better aligned with the current capabilities of the employee.
WORKNET can tailor a testing protocol for your employees based on OSHA standards with regard to specific workplace exposures. Some of the OSHA standards that mandate medical exams include:
- Blood-borne pathogen
- Hazardous waste and emergency response
Medical testing required by the standards can be done at our network of locations.