Pre-Employment and Pre-Placement Physical Exams Questions and Answers
UCare Urgent Care proudly provides pre-employment and pre-placement physical exams to employers and employees of El Paso, TX, Lee Trevino Drive TX, and the surrounding area. For more information, call us or simply walk-in.
Table of Contents:
What is included in a pre-employment physical exam?
What is a pre-placement physical?
What tests are done for pre-employment medical?
How long do pre-employment physicals take?
It is helpful for both employers and employees to know that they are physically and mentally able to handle the tasks required of them. To that end, pre-employment and pre-placement physical exams can be a tremendous benefit for employers, to ensure they will be able to trust their employees to handle their duties, and employees, to know that they will not be out of their depth. At UCare Urgent Care, we are happy to provide both pre-employment and pre-placement physical exams to help ensure safety and quality standards are met at the workplace.
There are several possible tests and evaluations that could occur with a pre-employment physical exam, depending on the precise nature of the industry or work involved with a particular role or position.
With that in mind, any pre-employment physical exam will likely begin with a review of your medical history and current health status. As such, this portion of the exam will include questions about the following:
• Personal and family medical history
• Prior hospitalizations or surgeries
• Medications you are currently taking
• Allergies or underlying medical conditions you have
After the medical history review, the occupational medicine doctor will likely check your vitals, including your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate. They may also conduct a vision and hearing screening. If the position requires intense physical labor, they may assess such things as your endurance, physical ability, stamina, and strength. If the position requires a high level of mental capacity, they may conduct a psychological evaluation while also evaluating your mental endurance under physical strain.
Other things that will likely be included in a pre-employment physical exam include drug and alcohol testing, ensuring the prospective employee is up to date with their immunizations, and providing any required or recommended immunizations, if necessary.
Whereas a pre-employment physical is often conducted for prospective employees before the company has extended a job offer, a pre-placement physical occurs after a job offer has been extended but before the individual has been officially placed in the position.
Depending on the industry or work involved with the position that the prospective employee is applying for, there can be several different tests completed during a pre-employment medical. Some examples of such tests include the following:
• Alcohol and drug tests
• Audiometric test, to test for hearing function
• Blood tests
• Comprehensive musculoskeletal examination
• Electrocardiogram (ECG) test, to assess cardiovascular health
• Hernia examination, or other abdominal abnormalities
• Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
• Psychological evaluations
• Pulmonary function tests (PFT), to test for lung function
• Spirometry test, to assess how well your lungs are working by measuring how much air and how quickly you inhale and exhale
• Visual acuity test, as well as tests for color blindness
The tests conducted in a pre-employment or pre-placement physical must align with the rules outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
On average, most pre-employment physicals take approximately 45 minutes. However, the length of time any pre-employment physical will take varies according to the work involved with the position the individual is applying for, depending on the extent of testing required.
If you are looking for a clinic in the area of El Paso, TX, that provides pre-employment physicals, we welcome you to come to UCare Urgent Care for a walk-in appointment! You can also schedule an appointment online or by calling us. We have two locations in El Paso, TX, for your convenience.