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DYK DOT-Mandated Physicals

Did you know that DISA provides DOT-Mandated Physicals?

DISA’s DOT-mandated physical exams ensure that you comply with all required DOT regulations. Our professionals can help you create a policy that ensures safety is a priority and that your physical exams meet the needs of your job requirements. This industry-specific exam helps employers determine if an employee is physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of operating a commercial vehicle since their jobs can greatly affect the safety of themselves and others on the road. All specifications are outlined and determined by the DOT and must be filled by the employer prior to hiring.

Who is required to comply with the DOT?

Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who are designated as safety-sensitive are required to complete DOT-mandated physicals. These physicals help employers determine if an employee is fit to safely operate a commercial vehicle ensuring the well-being of everyone on the road. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific requirements set forth for these physical exams by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Additionally, per the FMCSA, "All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate (ME Certificate).”

What is covered during a DOT physical?

A DOT physical can only be administered by an examiner who is certified through FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners who can determine if the driver meets FMCSA's physical qualification standards. Certified Medical Examiners (CMEs) are responsible for certifying drivers who meet the physical qualification standards. A CME will evaluate the following during a DOT physical exam:

  • Vital Signs
  • Extremities
  • Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
  • Nervous System
  • Back and Spine
  • Lungs and Chest
  • Heart
  • Employee’s ability to manage their medical conditions

Employees are asked to bring appropriate documents or items to help the exam process go as smoothly as possible, such as eyeglasses or contacts, a list of medications, doctor’s contact information, and any information pertaining to medical conditions such as diabetes or heart conditions, etc. DOT Certifications can be issued for up to 24 months and at the discretion of the examiner and may be less dependent on the employee's medical conditions and how well they are managed. Medical Examiners will issue copies of the Medical Examiner's Report and will complete the Medical Examiner's Certificate for those individuals who are found qualified to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle.

By implementing DISA’s DOT-mandated physical exam services, you can ensure safety remains a priority while meeting DOT regulations. 

For more information on our DOT-mandated physicals, contact us today.