Employment Physical
Reasons to Get One, What to Expect, Associated Risks & More

If you have recently been offered a new job, you might need to receive a pre-employment physical exam. Although they were once restricted to industries that are physically demanding, employment physicals are becoming more common in a variety of fields. Pre-employment physicals help protect companies against work-related lawsuits, but it can also help you. By obtaining a physical before you start a new job, you can be sure that this new position is the right fit for you in your current condition, as well as get a quick check-up that reveals any health issues you may not know you have.

So, what can you expect with a pre-employment physical? While these types of physicals vary depending on the nature of the position you’ve been offered, you can likely expect to:

  • Be asked a couple general health questions, such as what your family medical history looks like and how active you are on a day-to-day basis
  • Have your vitals taken, which include your height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature
  • Undergo a physical examination
  • Have your hearing and vision tested
  • Be tested for drugs and alcohol, especially if the job you’ve been offered involves driving and/or operating heavy machinery

It’s also important to note that pre-employment physicals can only be legally requested after you have been offered the position. This helps ensure that no discrimination issues will arise.

One of the quickest and most convenient ways you can receive an employment physical is by visiting a local urgent care center. Urgent care centers typically open early in the morning and stay open late in the evening, allowing you to get your physical when it best fits in your schedule.

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