Onsite Physicals

Pre-employment Physical Exam/Fit-for-Duty Exams

Many jobs require employees to be physically fit. Often, employers hiring for such jobs refer to the results of physical examination to make the decision. This physical examination is often referred to as fit-for-duty exam, and is essential for workplace safety and productivity. Many businesses conduct fitness-for-duty testing with the help of various third-party testing organizations. At MedWay Onsite Health Solutions (OHS), we provide non-DOT pre-employment physical examination services or fitness-for-duty tests to clients across industries. Our vast experience combined with our ethical practices enable us to assure quick and reliable results for all these tests.


Types of Non-DOT Fitness-for-Duty Examinations Conducted by MedWay OHS

At MedWay OHS, we conduct various types of physical examination tests to ensure overall fitness of employees. The following are a few popular types of tests conducted under this category.


  • Drug and Alcohol Tests: Drug and alcohol screening is an integral part of fitness-for-duty examinations. These tests help understand the substance abuse history of the person being considered for a job. As a part of drug and alcohol testing, we perform the following types of tests.

  • Urine Drug Testing: Many employers approach us for urine drug testing, which is a popular drug testing method. Urine sample is collected from a candidate and tested for the presence of drugs. The window period for urine drug testing is short, and the traces of the drug may be found up to 30 days if a person uses marijuana regularly. The detection times of this drug testing may vary depending on factors such as frequency of drug consumption, type of drug consumed, and hydration levels. Urine drug testing is one of the most cheated drug testing types, which is why our experts perform it in designated restrooms following different guidelines.

  • Saliva Drug Testing: This is the most popular type of drug testing after urine drug testing. In this testing, saliva or mouth swab is taken to test the traces of drug and alcohol in blood. A sterilized swab is placed inside the mouth of a candidate to extract saliva. This test is conducted by our expert onsite or in our lab. Thus, it becomes difficult to cheat or manipulate. Drug consumed by a person gets metabolized in the saliva, and it remains traceable up to 72 hours.

  • Hair Strand Drug Testing: This type of testing is generally recommended by employers who may be concerned about a person’s drug consumption history over a period of time. Drug consumed by a person gets metabolized in hair follicles and is detectable for a period of 90 days or more. Although hair grows in length, drug traces can be found in it. This type of testing is quite difficult to cheat and our experts collect hair samples on-site following all relevant industry guidelines.

  • Stamina and Physical Ability Tests: Some jobs involve heavy labor such as material handling or lifting weights, carrying loaded trucks between two points, and so on. These jobs may demand high energy, stamina, strength, and flexibility. We perform pre-employment physical tests which exactly tests for these requirements. These tests ensure the employees can meet the requirements of the labor work and job. The results help employers hire candidates who are less likely to get injured while doing the job. Under stamina and physical ability tests, the candidates are subjected to tests that check their:

  • Power

  • Flexibility

  • Muscular Tension

  • Balance

  • Flexibility

  • Psychological Tests: Many jobs are mentally and physically demanding. They require employees to remain stable and alert at all times. We test an employee’s mental health by asking questions on their ability to perform under stress. They are also asked questions on their mood fluctuations, depression, or other thoughts. The results are analyzed to understand their mental wellbeing.

An Important Note: Most fitness-for-duty or pre-employment tests are acknowledged by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These ADA rules are applicable to private companies with 10-15 staff, local and state government employers, labor organizations, and so on. The results of pre-employment examinations should not be used to discriminate against a candidate. Employers must keep the test results confidential and separate from other official records, so that they are not accessible to non-authorized employees.

How to Prepare for Pre-employment Physical Examinations?

The results of physical examinations will depend on your health conditions at the time of testing. You cannot improve your health overnight, but here are some pointers to keep in mind when appearing for such examinations.

Be sure to carry:

  • A doctor’s prescription (if any), list of medications, recent or previous surgical history records ( if any)

  • A valid form of passport, ID, driver’s license, and so on

  • A document detailing the type of tasks that you may be needed to perform in an organization

Take care to:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

  • Wear glasses, hearing aids, or other support equipment.

  • Abstain from drug and alcohol if you wish to earn a job in an organization that tests your physical and emotional limits.

  • Avoid any unnecessary participation in activities that may leave you injured.