In May 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), mandated that anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or attempting to get a CDL, be required to take the DOT Medical Exam. In past years, medical exams associated with keeping or getting a CDL have been lax and less effective than intended. So, this new requirement was enforced in the hopes of decreasing risk and adverse outcomes associated with poor health of commercial drivers. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about the DOT Medical Exam.
- Lower standards mean worse outcomes.
The fact of the matter is that the health safety of truck drivers has a huge bearing on the health safety of anyone using roads. According to an Urgent Care Providers 2015 study, large truck crashes with injuries increased by 22% from 2011-2012. With scary stats like that, action needed to be taken. So, as standards from past medical requirements began to lag, the use of approved medical providers became an important step toward increasing the health of truck drivers and the safety of anyone on the road.
- The health requirements have not changed, just the requirements for performing the exam.
The health standards by which drivers are evaluated have not changed. Rather, the process for certifying examiners has changed to become more stringent. The exam itself still includes the following:
- Vision: 20/40 vision in each eye with or without corrective lenses and 70 degrees of peripheral vision.
- Hearing: ability to hear a forced whisper from 5 feet away, or a passed formal hearing test.
- Blood Pressure: blood pressure less than or equal to 140/90.
- Denali Occupational Health is a certified provider of the DOT Medical Exam.
While we believe this is an important step toward increased health and safety, we the added costs and difficulty associated with finding qualified examiners. That’s why, at Denali Occupational, we’re proud to provide the state of Alaska with DOT Medical Testing services at the low cost of $89.99. Because we recognize the importance of Alaska’s drivers we believe that the cost of sound medical testing should not be a deterrent.
We love being a part of increasing the health and safety of Alaska’s workers. To learn more about what we do, visit our website or contact us today for an appointment. With locations all throughout the state of Alaska, we’re here to provide the occupational health solutions you need.