If you’ve been hired for a new job, you might be required to pass a physical before starting work. This requirement is legal – depending on the nature of the job – but the law also limits the type of exam and when an exam can take place. PrimeCare Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers pre-employment physicals to satisfy your employer’s requirements. Call today to schedule your exam or book an appointment online.
You cannot be required to undergo a medical exam prior to a job offer, but if you have received a conditional job offer and all applicants are asked to undergo the same exam, a physical exam is permitted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Jobs that require health or fitness, such as being a police officer or firefighter, can require demonstration of the fitness level necessary to perform the expected duties.
At PrimeCare Medical Center, the pre-employment physical includes a general exam and other health screenings. The physical exam cannot discriminate against the worker. When providing such an exam, Dr. Kwaku and Dr. Evivie are informed of all the expectations of the job at hand and assess whether you, the potential employee, can complete the duties required by the position – even if you require accommodation due to disabilities.
If you are to undergo a physical ability test, the doctors will check your:
These types of ability tests are usually required for physically demanding jobs. Strength tests can also be required for jobs that involve the regular lifting of a certain amount of weight, like package delivery services.
Will drug and alcohol testing be included in pre-employment physicals?
PrimeCare Medical Center provides drug and alcohol screenings if called for by an employer. These include urine screenings and hair analysis. Saliva drug screening and sweat drug screening are other ways to test for drug use. Employers want employees to avoid licit and illicit substance use that can cause on-the-job accidents and increase liability for an employer.
Pre-employment tests can also include a test regarding a potential employee’s mental and psychological state. Generally, the tests and questions determine the ability of a person to handle stress on the job.
Exactly what’s involved in a pre-employment screening depends on the nature of the job and the employer’s requirements. If you’ve been offered a job contingent on passing a physical exam, call PrimeCare Medical Center to schedule your exam or book an appointment online.