Understanding DOT Physicals
DOT physicals ensure that you are able to physically meet the demands of the job. In addition, DOT physicals make sure you are able to safely operate a large vehicle without endangering yourself or others.
Who Needs a DOT Physical?
Specifically, if your job involves any of the following, then you are required to have a DOT physical:
- Operate a vehicle that transports more than 15 people
- Are paid to drive a vehicle that transports more than 8 people
- Operate a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds
- Transport Hazardous Material
What Does a DOT Physical Include?
A DOT Physical consists of the following:
First, your health care provider will ask you questions regarding your medical history, including:
- Prior surgeries
- Medications you are currently taking
- Current health problems
- Use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances
- Any symptoms you are experiencing
Next, your health care provider will perform a physical exam to check the following:
- Blood Pressure
- General Appearance
- Mouth and Throat
- Lungs and Chest
- Back and Spine
- Genital and Urinary System (to check for hernias)
- Extremities and Joints
- Nervous System
- Circulatory System
Finally, your provider will order an urinalysis test. This looks for protein, blood, sugar, or specific gravity in your urine. Therefore, these results will tell them if you need any additional testing. Accordingly, if your provider feels it is necessary, they may order other tests as well.
Insurances We Accept
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- BlueCross BlueShield
- United Healthcare
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