DOT Physical Exams Clinic in Georgetown, TX
Rebuil-T Healthcare offers affordable DOT physical exams in Georgetown, TX, and surrounding areas. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. You may find us at 4841 Williams Dr. Ste 103 Georgetown, TX 78633.
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When your employees are classified as “safety-sensitive” by the Department of Transportation (DOT), that means that their job can impact both their safety and the safety of the public. To ensure safety measures, all employees must have regular physical check-ups to keep working. A DOT physical exam adheres to strict guidelines regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA, ensuring that commercial drivers and other safety-sensitive employees are in good health and can work safely.
With these meticulous requirements, DOT physicals can seem overwhelming. To ease the simplification of the process, here are some important facts about what is included in a DOT physical and how you can prepare for one.
Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 vision in each eye, either with or without correction. Another requirement is to have at least 70” peripheral vision in the horizontal meridian.
Drivers must be able to hear what is called forced whisper at a distance of 5 feet, with or without a hearing aid. This equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
3. Blood pressure/pulse rate
The medical examiner will also check the driver’s blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats).
A urinalysis is required. The test checks for indications of underlying medical conditions like diabetes.
5. Physical Examination
The physical exam covers several different categories, such as eyes to check for cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration; ears, checking for scarring of the tympanic membrane and perforated eardrums; mouth and throat, to look for problems with breathing or swallowing; heart, any irregularities or conditions that would require a pacemaker; lungs and chest, checking for abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, and cyanosis; abdomen and viscera.
Our professionals at Rebuil-T Healthcare ensure the health of the liver, digestion problems, and muscle weakness; genito-urinary, for hernias; extremities for impaired limbs; spine, to check for previous surgery, limitation of motion, and tenderness. We ensure neurological irregularities, like impaired equilibrium, ataxia, coordination or speech pattern, and asymmetric deep tendon reflexes.
During a DOT physical, the assessor examines your physical and mental health to ensure no pre-existing medical conditions will interrupt your ability to operate a vehicle safely. The examiner performs a series of tests to check your mental health, vision, hearing, blood pressure, and digestive health. You will also undergo urinalysis for diabetes and drug testing.
A DOT physical examination generally takes between 30 minutes and one hour to complete. Drivers with existing medical conditions are reminded to bring any appropriate related documents with them to the appointment.
Commercial drivers must take the DOT physical every two years. If you have a condition that requires monitoring, like high blood pressure, you may be required to take a physical more often. Once you have passed your DOT physical, you will receive a certificate.
If you or someone you know is applying for a driving position or requires a DOT medical exam, please contact our office for more information and get in touch with a specialist in Georgetown, TX, area. To book an appointment with Rebuil-T Healthcare, please find us at 4841 Williams Dr. Ste 103 Georgetown, TX 78633. Call us today! We serve patients from Georgetown TX, Leander TX, Round Rock TX, Jonah TX, and Austin TX.