Work-Related Physicals in Vancouver, WA

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If you have been considered for a new job in Vancouver, congratulations! However, before commencing your task, you may be required to complete a Human Performance Evaluation (HPE) or work-related physicals. Some employers want to ensure that new hires and current employees are healthy for safety. Get your workplace physical today at NW Testing!

Join us at NW Testing as we explain what a work-related physical is, what happens during these exams, and how to prepare for work-related physicals.

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What Is a Work-Related Physical?

A work-related physical or Human Performance Evaluation (HPE) is a customized physical exam for work by certified provider employers may require new hires to complete to ensure that they are physically or mentally capable of the specific responsibilities of the job.

The test is subjected to every prospective employee only to evaluate job-related physical attributes or conditions, which must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect people with disabilities from discrimination. The benefits of the test include:

-Ensures the employee is physically and mentally capable of performing job-related responsibilities.
-It helps identify ergonomic risk factors to help your employer improve working conditions that impact safety measures.
-It helps evaluate the overall health status of the prospective employee.
-It allows the employer to make informed decisions about hiring.
-It enables easier record-keeping and better tracking of changes in employee health over time.

In addition, the test may be extended to employees before returning to their job after injuries while employed to ensure they are still capable of the job responsibilities.

What Happens During Work-Related Physical Exams?

The test may vary depending on your specific role, but it generally includes the following:

  • General pre-employment physicals such as your weight, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, vision, hearing, range of motion, and reflexes or your respiratory and cardiovascular health.
  • Physical ability and stamina test for flexibility, power, balance, muscular tension, or attitude under physical pressure.
  • Drug screening¬†includes urine, hair, saliva, sweat, or nail-based testing.


Some of the things you should anticipate during the physical include:

  • You will be asked about your family medical history, lifestyle, or other general health questions.
  • Your weight, height, blood pressure, and other vital information will be taken.
  • You will be given a physical examination.
  • You may be subjected to Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screens and alcohol testing, especially if required to operate heavy machinery or drive.
  • You will have your vision and hearing checked.


In addition to the physicals, the pre-employment screening may include background checks such as:

  • Social Security number (SSN) tracing
  • Criminal history screening
  • Public records screenings
  • Verifications and credentials screening
  • Controlled substance screening
  • Lie detector or polygraph tests
  • Pre-employment assessments

How to Prepare for Work-Related Physicals

Preparation for a work-related physical is crucial to you and makes it easier for our providers to have a smooth process. It is, therefore, essential to complete the following tasks:

  • Gather any paperwork provided by the employer for the information they need.
  • Carry your valid driver's license, state/federal/local issued ID, or employer-issued badge.
  • List all your current medications.
  • List your past surgeries and medical conditions.
  • List any of your allergies and,
  • Collect any aid you may need for the tests, such as glasses.

Get Your Team Ready to Work and Perform at Their Best With Our Physical Exam Services

Ensuring that your team is physically capable of performing their duties is crucial for the success and safety of your business. At NW Testing Drug Screens & Physicals, we understand the importance of work-related physicals and offer comprehensive services to help get your team ready to perform at their best. Whether you need drug testing or a physical exam, our team is here to provide you with the highest quality of care. Contact us today to schedule your physical exam and get your team ready for success!


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