Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to receive regular physical examinations under the Department of Transportation. DOT physicals are highly regulated for the drivers’ safety and are designed to detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle. Miami Accident Center’s DOT physical medical examiners are specially trained to understand the regulations and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified.
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Employers cannot have drivers out on the road without a valid DOT medical card. That means that you can’t legally do business unless your CMV driver is cleared for the road. Because of this, DOT physicals are a must-have if you’re a commercial driver or employ commercial drivers. They help ensure your drivers will be safe on the road, and compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
DOT Physical Guidelines
A DOT physical follows strict guidelines mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), ensuring that CDL drivers and other safety-sensitive employees are in good health to work safely. With these strict guidelines, DOT physicals can sometimes seem like an overwhelming process. To help simplify the process, here is a brief overview of what your employees should bring to the exam, and what to expect once they get there.
What to Bring to a DOT Physical
All drivers need to bring a complete list of their medication, including the doses and their doctors’ names and addresses. To save time, it’s also recommended that drivers fill out the health history questionnaire before coming to the clinic.
To make sure the exam runs as smoothly as possible, drivers with certain medical issues need to bring the appropriate documents or items.
What the DOT Physical Covers
- Vision: Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.
- Hearing: Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” in the better ear at not less than 5 feet, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
- Blood pressure/pulse rate: The medical examiner will check the driver’s blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
- Urinalysis: A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
- Physical Examination: The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories such as general appearance, eyes, ears, mouth and throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, vascular, urinary, extremities, spine and neurological.
A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.
Dr. Dean Zusmer, DC maintains current, comprehensive knowledge of DOT regulations. At Miami Accident Center, we require all our physicians to be FMCSA-certified so our offices will always have someone to complete DOT physicals.
At Miami Accident Center we care about our DOT commercial driver applicants, offering:
- Free Valet Parking
- Weekend appointments
- No wait exams
- Medical card same day
- Same day appointments
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