Prepare for Your Pre-Employment Physical Exam
For many people, starting a new job is an exciting experience. And amid the initial paperwork and meeting your co-workers, you may be required to get a pre-employment physical exam. Depending on the job duties, it may be requested for you to have certain health factors examined and recorded before your first day. Of course, there are conditions regarding what your employer can ask about your health, along with what exams are done and when. However, in most cases, a pre-work physical is pretty straightforward.
During the job application and interview process, your employer likely told you what kinds of things will be expected of you in this new position. And the medical exam is often tailored to those requirements. Some things that may be a part of a pre-employment exam include:
- Drug and alcohol screenings
- Tests of strength, stamina, or endurance
- Psychological assessment
- Heart and cardiovascular tests
- Tests of mental endurance under strain
- Vision and hearing testing
- Functional movement tests
- Vaccinations and/or checking antibody titers against infectious diseases
- COVID-19 testing
Even though you may be a little bit nervous about your new job, your pre-work physical is nothing to worry about. Typically, you can get these exams done anywhere that offers physicals or preventative care, including urgent care clinics near you. This can be an especially convenient route, since you can often get an urgent care appointment within a day or two.
When preparing for your pre-employment medical exam, remember to bring all required paperwork with you and have your ID handy. You may also need to bring a list of all your medications, your glasses or hearing aids, and your immunization history.
For those in industries that require physical labor, part of the exam may be called a Human Performance Evaluation or HPE. These screenings include tasks like pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying, and are designed to mimic the work environment. For warehouse workers, delivery personnel, and similar employees, the HPE is designed to prevent injury and ensure any reasonable workplace accommodations are met.
It’s important to know that, for your pre-placement test, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding the findings of your test. Exams are only allowed after a conditional job offer is accepted, never before an offer is made. The regulations surrounding these exams apply to companies employing 15 or more people. You may speak to your HR department for more information about your rights during the exam.