Whether you have just landed a job in the Mining Industry, the Police Force, or as a Rail Safety Worker, when you are told you will need to take a pre-employment medical examination, it can make you feel both nervous and intimidated.
A failed medical exam may well cost you your new job before your first day, but there are ways that you can prepare for your medical by becoming familiar with the process. Knowing what to expect will help you complete the exam to the best of your ability.
Every medical is different, depending on the role you are applying for, and they might include things like basic medical checks through to multifaceted aptitude, physical and psychological testing.
Most employers take duty of care very seriously, and understanding the risks their employees might bring can help them to risk manage the workplace with the aim of avoiding injury or illness.
There are also legislative requirements for specific industries like mining, as well as the commercial and heavy vehicle driving industry, which ensure drivers meet the national standards.
What to Expect at a Pre-Employment Medical Examination
The written questionnaire will ask a broad range of questions to collect as much information as possible relating to your medical and physical history, as well as your current health and lifestyle.
Some common questions might relate to current or recent prescription medications, previous surgery, Asthma, Diabetes, drugs, alcohol and smoking. It’s important to fill out these questionnaires honestly, as it may cause more harm than good down the track if something goes wrong.
The Physical Exam
The physical exam is designed to assess your ability to fulfil the daily duties of your new role, as well as meet statutory health and safety standards of the job.
Standard Physical Assessments will vary depending on your industry but could include a Mine Workers Health Surveillance (MWHS) test (hearing and lung function test), a standard hearing test, a lung function test, blood pressure, body mass index, urine analysis, physical fitness test (cardio fitness), eye/vision test, joint range of motion, musculoskeletal assessment (strength test) and a spinal assessment.
You may also be required to take a drug screening test, MRI, ECG or a psychological screening designed to evaluate your personality, general reasoning and aptitude.
Although you might feel a little nervous about taking these tests, it will benefit you and your employer in the long run and is all about safety and duty of care.