If you’re in the Bentonville area and need a Department of Transportation physical exam, you can fulfill your exam requirements at Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health. DOT physical exams are required to show proof that you meet the medical requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a physical exam that is required of people who drive commercial vehicles. These exams are to ensure that people who are driving commercial motor vehicles are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. A DOT physical is required for drivers carrying more than 15 people, being paid to carry more than eight people, carrying hazardous material, or driving on the interstate with a gross combination weight of more than 10,000 pounds.
When you take your DOT physical exam, you’ll be asked questions about medications you’re taking, your health history, tobacco and alcohol use, drug test history, use of illegal substances, and more. Your test administrator will also check you for your height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, general appearance, mouth and throat, lungs, heart, and more. You’ll be asked to submit a urinalysis to check for protein, blood, sugar, and specific gravity.
Contact Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health today to schedule your appointment.
Another requirement from the DOT and FMCSA is that commercial drivers be tested and follow alcohol and drug testing rules.
While it is the responsibility of employers to provide information on necessary drug testing programs, it is ultimately your responsibility to comply to all rules and regulations if you are a commercial driver.
If you are an employer, you are responsible to implement and conduct drug and alcohol testing programs for your employees. A variety of tests is available, and more information on these can be obtained from the FMCSA.
At Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health, we can provide valuable information as well as drug testing procedures for drivers as well as employers. Contact us today to schedule a test or for more information.
For more than 30 years, FMCSA has defined drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations for those who drive commercial trucks and buses. At Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health, we participate in the FMCSA Clearinghouse in performing alcohol screening and reporting violations. Employers are required to query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees’ violations before giving permission to operate a commercial vehicle. Employers are also required to query the Clearinghouse annually for every driver they employ.
An alcohol screening at Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health can be a three-part test. If an initial test provides a positive result of blood alcohol concentration greater than .020, a breath and alcohol test is conducted within 15 minutes. A violation of .040 or greater requires an evaluation by a substance abuse professional as well as a follow-up visit.
Hair follicle testing for the appearance of drugs is another form of DOT testing we perform at Lifetime Wellness Occupational Health. With this testing process, a small portion of your hair is gathered for testing – usually a 1 1/2 -inch section nearest the root. Your hair follicles are then tested for the presence of a drug or a metabolite, a genetic record of a drug used.
If a person being tested has a history of using drugs, these drugs enter their bloodstream, and metabolites are absorbed into their hair follicles, passing on to the strands of hair.
As in other drug testing procedures such as urine, oral fluid, and hair, the appearance of drugs can also be detected in nails. Fingernail samples generally provide use history of up to six months, and toenail samples can provide a use history of up to one year. This allows us to still perform an accurate test when employees show up bald or completely shaved.
In a fingernail and toenail testing, all 10 nails on the hands and feet are clipped. The surface of the nails is lightly shaved. The appearance of drugs appears in nails through the distribution of blood to the nail cells and the nail bed.