DOT Physicals Specialist

Calvary Urgent Care

Adults and Pediatrics located in Humble, TX

Because having regular physicals are one of the best ways to stay on top of your health and prevent illness or disability, certain occupations and many companies require pre-employment physicals before you can start a new job. The occupational medical experts at Calvary Urgent Care in Humble, Texas, provide comprehensive employment physicals, including DOT physicals, available Monday-Saturday with no appointment needed. If you’re in the Houston area, call the office or book an appointment online today.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What are employment physicals?

Employment physicals include any comprehensive physical exam needed to start a new job or maintain your job status. The team at Calvary Urgent Care performs a full scope of employment physicals, including:

  • Pre-employment exams
  • Routine DOT exams
  • Annual employee exams 
  • Return-to-work exams
  • Fitness for duty exams

They also perform a complete range of supportive services, ranging from in-office drug and alcohol testing to routine medical surveillance.

What do employment physicals cover?

During a work-related physical exam at Calvary Urgent Care, your provider reviews your health history, evaluates your current health, and looks for problems or conditions that may prevent you from performing your job duties. In some instances, these issues or conditions can put you or others at risk while you’re on the job.  

Although the specific tests and assessments your provider performs are determined by your company’s policies, regulatory requirements, and the type of employment physical you require, all employment-related exams check for:

  • Heart murmurs 
  • Abnormal breathing 
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Limb impairment
  • Untreated hernias
  • Reduced mobility
  • Impaired equilibrium
  • Poor coordination

Depending on the nature of your job, you may also require a vision screening and hearing test. Many employment physicals call for a complete urinalysis, too. 

What’s a DOT physical?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) makes regular physicals a requirement for anyone who operates a commercial truck, transports hazardous materials, or drives a bus. 

If your job is classified as safety-sensitive, meaning it can impact your own safety as well as others’ safety, you must have routine physicals to maintain compliance and continue driving. 

With strict guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT physicals help ensure that CDL drivers and other safety-sensitive drivers are well enough to perform their job reliably. 

What should I bring to my appointment?

Before you arrive at Calvary Urgent Care for your employment physical, gather any required paperwork provided by your employer, make a list of all medications you take, including dosages, and complete the medical history portion of your exam as thoroughly as possible.    

Certain exams, including DOT physicals, require supporting medical documents or items. For example, drivers with vision problems should bring their eyeglasses or corrective lenses, while hearing-impaired drivers should bring their hearing aids. 

The team at Calvary Urgent Care is committed to providing quick and convenient employment physicals most days of the week, with no appointment needed. And with an on-site lab, you won’t have to visit another provider to take care of the drug-screening portion of your exam. 

To learn more, call their Humble, Texas, office, or click online to book an appointment that fits your schedule.