If you work for or own a company that employs a fleet of people who are driving your vehicles, you know that the Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates regular physicals in order to certify that they are ready to handle the road. But you may still have questions on the best way to handle licensing for employees that require medical certification.
At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we have many years of experience helping individuals and companies administer these tests, and we are happy to help you with this exam and many other pre-employment tests.
Just what is a DOT Physical – and why are they required?
DOT Physicals (also known as DMV Physicals) are required to get a CDL, or Commercial Driver’s License, and ensure that people whose jobs may impact the safety of others, like bus drivers and truckers, are healthy. This helps minimize the risk of accidents and increase the safety of everyone on the road. These physicals require drivers to disclose their health history and cooperate with a physician for the examination.
In addition to keeping people safe on the road, the good news for your employees is that DOT Physicals take only about 15 minutes to complete. In a standard DOT Physical, you can expect the examiner to look at the following:
- Blood pressure and vital signs
- Height and weight
Because highways cross state lines, the DOT Physical should not vary from state to state. Every exam is comprehensive, so you can rest easy knowing that your employees have been carefully evaluated.
Is U.S. HealthWorks Certified for Giving DOT Exams?
All of our U.S. HealthWorks examiners are certified and we can assure you that all U.S. HealthWorks providers conducting DOT physical exams are compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) requirements that became effective May 21, 2014.
How Often Are DOT Physicals Required?
DOT physicals are renewed every 2 years, or more frequently depending on existing medical conditions.
How Do You Handle Sleep Apnea Testing?
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and worsen diabetes, as well as increase the risk of falling asleep while driving. Sleep apnea typically affects people who are drastically overweight. Some health providers recommend that if your BMI is higher than 32 then you should be tested. At U.S. HealthWorks, we recommend that anyone with a BMI higher than 30 gets tested for obstructive sleep apnea, especially commercial drivers. We’ve found that almost all of the people that we’ve tested for sleep apnea have come back positive, and those with obstructive sleep apnea have a significantly higher crash rate than those without it. The good news is that between weight loss and CPATH treatments to open airways, sleep apnea is treatable.
Why Choose U.S. HealthWorks for DOT Physicals?
At U.S. HealthWorks, we believe that a comprehensive approach to DOT Physicals makes everyone safer on the road and keeps your business operating as intended. That’s why we do everything possible to make sure your employees are able to safely perform the functions of their job.
Our exams are quick, easy, and comprehensive – typically lasting only 15 minutes with a certified examiner – because our experienced healthcare professionals have the knowledge to get your employees in and out efficiently, while not skimping on any details of the exam. Every clinic always has a DOT certified healthcare professional on staff and each of our locations around the United States does about 5-10 DOT Physicals per day.
In addition to our first responsibility – to determine if your employees can drive safely – we are also very concerned about their health and we are able to continue or recommend treatment options for anything that comes up during the DOT exam.