Pre-Employment Medicals are a common requirement for many high risk industry job roles such as:
This infographic explains what to expect when you complete a Pre-Employment Medical.
Although often considered to be quite challenging, pre-employment medicals are used to ensure a potential employee is safe and fit to complete the inherent demands of the job role.
Every pre-employment medical is different, as each is designed to test against the unique requirements of the job role. For example, a pre-employment medical for a mining role is different to that of a logistics role. There are several areas which many be assessed during a pre-employment medical exam including:
During your pre-employment you will be required to complete a series of questions relating to your past and present medical history. Such questions may include:
- Are you currently taking any medication?
- Have you previously undergone any surgery?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink alcohol?
It is important that you are completely honest when completing the medical history as this information can significantly impact on your employment opportunity should it be found that you were dishonest.
The medical examination is designed to assess your current health status to ensure you are safe and fit to complete the inherent demands of the job you are applying for. The examination may include a combination of any of the following tests:
- Hearing Test – a measurement of how well each of your ears can hear noise
- Lung Function Test – a measurement of how much air your lungs can take in and exhale
- Blood Pressure – a measurement of the pressure within your arteries
- Body Mass Index – a measurement to determine if you are overweight or within a healthy weight range, when compared to your height
- Urinalysis – an analysis of your urine to measure glucose, protein and blood within your urine
- Vision test – a measurement of how well each of your eyes can see far and near objects
- Urine Drug test – a test to check for any use of illicit and prescription drugs
- Breath Alcohol test – a measurement of blood alcohol concentration
Some pre-employment medicals require you to perform a physical examination. This includes performing a series of tests and tasks to measure your capacity to safely perform the physical aspects of the job you are applying for. Some common tests conducted during the physical examination include:
- Range of Motion – a measurement of how far you can move, bend and flex each of your joints
- Grip Strength – a measurement of how strong your grip is
- Positional Tolerances – a measurement of your ability to maintain certain postures such as kneeling or squatting
- Lifting and Carrying – a measurement of how much weight you can safely lift and carry at varying heights
- Cardiovascular Fitness – a measurement of you cardiovascular fitness level
On the Day
It is important that you attend your pre-employment fully prepared. Here are some tips that will help ensure you are prepared:
- Wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and squatting
- Bring a valid photo ID
- Bring your prescription glasses (if applicable)
- Bring your Ventolin puffer (if asthmatic)
- Avoid smoking and consuming caffeine several hours prior to your pre-employment medical
- Avoid listening to loud music 24 hours prior to your pre-employment medical