What Happens At A DOT Physical?

How the doctors in Bonifay and Freeport, FL, can help with a Department of Transportation physical

If you are applying for employment with the Department of Transportation, chances are you will need a DOT physical. It’s required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, for drivers of commercial vehicles.

The doctors at PanCare Health in Bonifay and Freeport, FL, provide a wide variety of medical services, including DOT physicals.

A physical helps protect your safety, maintain the safety of your workplace, and maintain public safety. You must pass the DOT physical to have a valid commercial driver’s license or CDL.

There are several parts to a DOT physical. During your physical, the doctor will:

Check your vision–your vision has to be at least 20/40 in both eyes, with or without corrective glasses. You must also be able to distinguish between different colors in order to pass the exam.

Check your hearing–you must be able to hear a “forced whisper” from less than five feet away, with or without hearing aids.

Check your blood pressure and pulse rate–these measurements are a good indication of overall health, and your ability to perform a job which requires long hours and staying seated for long periods of time.

Lab testing–this includes a urinalysis to check for underlying medical conditions which require treatment.

A comprehensive physical examination is also part of your DOT physical. Your doctor will check your:

  • General appearance, including weight, tremors, or drug/alcohol indications
  • Mouth and throat, including breathing and swallowing
  • Chest and lungs, including respiration
  • Abdomen and organs, including any hernias or masses
  • Vascular system, including pulse, and blood flow 
  • Extremities, including injury, damage, or weakness
  • Skeletal system, including tenderness or limitation of motion
  • Nervous system, including speech, reflexes, and balance

Your DOT physical may also include vaccinations, if you are not current. Required vaccinations include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio/Tetanus/Typhoid
  • Influenza

To learn more about the Department of Transportation or DOT Physicals call the doctors at PanCare Health in Bonifay and Freeport, FL. You can reach them in Bonifay, FL, by calling (850) 547-5547, or in Freeport, FL, by calling (850) 880-6568, so call now.