Physicals & Screenings
From Pre-Employment & DOT Physicals to HazMat & Drug Testing
We offer a wide range of services including pre-employment screenings, injury management and return to work programs, disability management strategies, DOT physical certification & testing services.
To ensure that your employees are up to the job, we have a team of skilled physicians examine each applicant to verify they are capable of performing their job tasks in the best of health. Reliant offers a full range of employment physical exams, including:
- Pre-Placement Examinations: Ensure that new employees have the necessary physical capabilities to perform their job duties
- Drug Screenings: Ensure your prospective employees can safely perform the essential duties of the job
- Physical Abilities: Determine if prospective employees meet the requirements of specific job openings
- DOT Physical: Determine whether your drivers are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
- Return-to-Work Physicals: Ensure that your employees are healthy enough to return to work after an injury or illness
- Fit-for-Duty (or non-DOT) Physicals: Determine if your employees are physically and/or psychologically able to safely perform their current role. Employers are often concerned about the possibility of inheriting any former injuries or ailments that may affect their workers' performance. The most reliable way to determine whether a worker is ready for duty is through a fit for duty exam. Learn about Reliant's Fit Worker Program (Post-Offer Employment Testing).
- Pre-Existing Work Injury Background Check: Documenting prior injuries is one way to protect your company from future workers comp claims. This is a cost-effective way to determine if your applicant meets the minimum requirements for the job.
- Baseline Physical & Annual Exams: Periodically assesses the physical health of your employees
The medical history portion of the exam includes a review of any previous illnesses, injuries and medications. Our providers carefully review any positive responses, and if a medical problem is determined to be active, the employee is asked to be cleared by their private physician and return with a clearance.
If a prospective employee has a history of injuries or illnesses, then any previous claims are investigated and related medical records are requested, reviewed, and a determination of medical fitness to perform the job is reported back to the employer.
Our employment physical exam programs offer employers a high level of service with minimal client interaction. Our clinical team creates and adheres to standardized medical protocols and performs examinations in compliance with State and Federal regulatory agencies.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all commercial motor vehicle drivers to undergo a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license and operate a CMV.
A DOT physical requires a certified medical examiner (CME) to perform a physical examination, which may include:
- Medical history: Conduct a review of the driver's medical history
- Vital Signs: Perform a physical examination of the driver's vital signs.
- Hearing and Vision: Conduct a physical examination of the driver's hearing and vision.
- Heart and Lungs: Perform a cardiopulmonary check on the driver.
- Extremities: A physical examination of the driver's arms and legs
- General Appearance: DOT physical includes inspection of general appearance.
Reliant never orders or requires any additional testing that is not absolutely necessary.
Once a driver passes a physical examination, the physician will issue a DOT medical card. A driver's CDL will not be valid without a valid DOT medical card. We strive to issue 2-year cards as long as the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements.
Physicals are by appointment only but we can usually get you in same day.
Need multiple DOT Physicals? Contact us about scheduling DOT Physicals at your location.
We understand the importance of drug testing in the hiring and employment process. Drug use can increase the risk of accidents, so it is important to maintain a drug-free workplace. In order to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public where applicable, employers from a wide variety of industries rely on Reliant for pre-employment and periodic drug and alcohol screenings.
Drug and alcohol testing is an effective means of safeguarding a company's safety and that of its employees.
The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires companies that contract with the federal government to maintain a drug-free workplace. Companies that are regulated by the Department of Labor or Department of Transportation are also required by law to drug test their employees.
Safety-sensitive industries such as manufacturing, shipping, transportation and construction require their employees to pass drug tests. These tests help ensure that employees are capable of safely performing their jobs.
Employee drug testing is an important part of any employer screening policy. Reliant provides employers with a variety of drug-testing options such as:
- Pre-employment Drug Testing: The most common type of employer drug testing
- Post-incident Drug Testing: Determine if drugs/alcohol were the cause of an accident or injury
- Random and Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing: Eliminate the option of abstaining from a drug habit in anticipation of a test
- Annual Drug Testing: Maintain a drug-free workplace by administering drug testing annually or every two years
Tests are conducted efficiently and quickly, allowing your employees to return to work in a timely manner.
We meet all requirements for workplace drug testing established by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transportation.
While noise, chemicals, particulates, and other hazards do exist, their effect on your employees can be minimized by understanding the risks and taking appropriate measures to monitor and mitigate them. Medical Surveillance satisfies regulatory requirements and helps maintain best practices in keeping your workforce safe and healthy.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires HAZMAT physical exams for employees who are exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals that can cause health problems.
A HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) physical might also include chest x-rays, blood and urine samples, auditory tests, and other review as deemed necessary by the medical reviewer.
A HazMat screening and surveillance program can:
- Reduce work-related injuries and illnesses
- Decrease workers’ compensation costs
- Reduce healthcare costs
- Protect your company from legal liability by providing a safe workplace
Working in the presence of occupational hazards (audiometric, or noise, particulates, chromium, and other hazards) requires that employers monitor their employees for potential adverse health effects. Annual physical exams are generally required to ensure employee health and to check for signs of exposure to hazardous materials.
Hexavalent Chromium Physicals
Chromium exposure (which can be common in the airline industry) can cause a number of health problems, including gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting as well as lung and respiratory tract cancer, kidney diseases, and others. Annual Hexavalent chromium physical exams include a review of the patient's medical history, chest x-ray, blood work, and a skin exam.
Chromium toxicity can be difficult to diagnose definitively because there are many clinical conditions and diseases that share its symptoms. We have an experienced occupational medicine team to help you narrow down the diagnosis.
Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is an artificially produced, toxic form of the element chromium. It is used in multiple industrial applications, including as pigments, electroplating, aerospace paint, ink and wood preservatives.
Reliant offers noninvasive pulmonary function tests (PFTs), which reveal how well the lungs are working and provide information about lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information helps our physicians diagnose and treat respiratory issues. Any change from the baseline pulmonary function test (PFT) requires referral to a pulmonary specialist.
PFTs may be performed when an employee works in an environment with exposure to particulates or fumes that could affect the lungs. The exam is done as a baseline, annually and at termination of employment if changes are suspected.
Qualitative respirator fit testing is available at Reliant. We can also perform Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respirator fit questionnaire and medical clearance prior to respirator fit if necessary.
Audiometric tests are performed to determine if workplace noise is affecting an employee's ability to hear and ensure that the employee's hearing is being properly conserved.
It’s possible that sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noise has impacted the functionality of the outer, middle, or inner ear..