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DOT ExamHouston, TX

For individuals employed in safety-sensitive workplaces, undergoing a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is mandatory, given the potential impact on personal and public safety. This pre-employment requirement ensures physical fitness prior to commencing work.

Occupations such as commercial truck driving or airline attendance demand regular health assessments to ascertain fitness for duty.

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What to prepare:

Commercial drivers should compile a comprehensive list of medications and provide their doctor's details. Those with visual or auditory impairments should bring necessary aids like glasses or hearing aids for thorough evaluation. Diabetic drivers must furnish recent lab results and medical history.

Scope of examination:

A DOT physical evaluates various factors ensuring employee adequacy. Vision, hearing, and blood pressure are assessed, alongside eye movement and dilation. Conditions like macular degeneration should be disclosed. Other body systems including lungs, chest, and abdomen are examined for anomalies and potential health risks.

Certification duration:

Unless medical issues arise, DOT certifications typically last two years; exceptions exist for severe medical conditions, shortening certification to a year. Renewing every two years is crucial to maintaining driving privileges


To ensure sobriety, urinalysis screens for drug and alcohol presence, critical for maintaining mental acuity while driving and preventing risks to oneself and others.

Post-physical procedure:

Passing individuals receive certificates to provide employers, though information release is contingent on employer discretion. Ultimately, DOT testing ensures truck drivers are physically and mentally capable of vehicle operation.

Staying up to date with state regulations for operating large vehicles is essential due to potential changes.

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Eldridge Family Clinic is located at
1809 Eldridge Pkwy Ste 208
Houston, TX

(281) 946-1351