Physical Exam

Pre-employment and annual physical exams for employees

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Employee Physical Exams

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A physical exam is often part of a company’s employment screening process. The purpose of the physical is to make sure the applicant’s health is compliant with job-related requirements.

A physical examination can be very simple and quick, or complex and long, depending on the job requirements.

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Physical Exam Information

Pre-employment physical screening

Many companies that require physical or medical clearances for employees generally require a pre-employment screening physical for all new hires. This physical may be required by a local Department of Health (DOH) or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Although the pre-employment physical exam is very similar to an annual physical, the pre-employment physical determines a baseline at time of employment. If a certain metric is recorded at hiring, the employer and employee can track changes in the improvement or worsening of the worker’s health.

Annual physical exam

The annual physical exam is an important part of maintaining occupational health and safety. For health care workers, the physical exam is crucial because it helps to determine if the employee is free of contagious diseases that may harm patients. Their annual physical is generally bundled with a TB test, drug test and, if appropriate, a seasonal flu shot. However, if there are specific OSHA standards for the position, then more comprehensive annual testing may be required.

Employee health physical

Even if not required by regulation, offering employees a no-cost health check physical is a way to ensure workplace safety and wellness. Employee health physicals help workers be aware of their health and take proactive steps to improve their well-being. When compared to having employees out sick, providing employee health physicals can be a great positive ROI for most organizations.

Industries requiring physicals

Our nationwide medical experts are specifically trained to understand and perform the right physical examination for your employees. Mobile Health account managers and medical providers are trained to provide industry-specific physicals for:

  • Health care workers working in hospitals
  • Home care workers
  • Candidates for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association Commercial Drivers License (FMCSA CDL) or DOT Physicals (Truck Drivers)
  • OSHA-specific screening and surveillance physicals
  • Article 19A physicals (NY Bus Drivers)
  • Joint Commission required compliance physicals
  • Compliance physicals required by local Department of Healths

All physicals and Mobile Health exams can be set-up for pre-employment or annual needs.

Physical Exam Components

Since each physical may have customized components, there is no ‘standard physical’ (unless defined by regulations). However, most physical evaluations will consist of measuring and documenting the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Pulse rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Existing medical illnesses
  • Previous medical history
  • Allergies and general social history

Companies interested is sending employees to Mobile Health for physical exams can make it a part of a package that includes drug tests, tuberculosis tests, and vaccinations or titers for immunity.

As needed, add-ons to the exam may include additional procedures such as a hearing and vision test and other medical clearance procedures.

Managing Employee Screening Process

Organizations that require employee physical exams may find the scheduling, reporting, and documentation of exams to be time-consuming and strain limited resources.

Mobile Health’s Client Portal allows employers to schedule employees for their physicals nationwide through one website and process. Once the exam is complete, employers can retrieve the electronic medical record (EMR) online through the Client Portal.

With unlimited users and employees, the Client Portal makes managing an occupational health and employee screening program easy and efficient.

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