A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a commercial vehicle. Commercial drivers are safety-sensitive employees; they perform a job that can impact their own safety and the public’s safety. Employers of commercial drivers must comply with federal regulations for DOT physicals.
HOW ESSENTIA HEALTHCARE PLLC MAINTAINS DOT COMPLIANCE
As one of the leading medical providers within Everett, Essentia maintains a comprehensive and current knowledge of DOT rules and regulations. Our Medical Examiners are FMCSA National Registry certified.
Essentia is compliant with current regulations and uses the following appropriate forms: · Revised Medical Examination Report (MER) form MCSA-5875 · Revised Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) form MCSA-5876
WHAT ARE DOT REGULATIONS
The US Department of Transportation issues regulations that employees working in various aspects of transportation must meet. This includes all modes of transportation and industries associated with transportation, including road and railway construction. Employers must ensure their employees meet the proper regulations for their specific job to be compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR EMPLOYERS
By staying current and compliant on all DOT regulations, employers can ensure a safer and healthier workforce, as well as reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries and fines. Employers must also comply with DOT regulations to ensure safe working conditions and proper precautions are being met to protect employees and the greater public.
NEW FMCSA INSULIN-TREATED DIABETES RULE
No more long delays for commercial drivers with insulin-treated diabetes waiting for a federal exemption. A new Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule has ended the exemption program. The driver’s treating clinician is now responsible for determining if the driver’s insulin regimen is stable and his or her diabetes is properly controlled. A new form, Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form MCSA-5870, will be required by medical examiners to issue the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC).
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DOT PHYSICAL
The DOT physical will include a health history review of the driver by a certified medical examiner (CME). The CME will also check the driver’s vital signs and perform a thorough examination, evaluating a number of health-related categories, such as:
Upon exam completion, the CME will report the results to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). Certified drivers will receive a copy of the medical examiner’s certificate (MEC), or DOT medical card.
WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW
· Employers of intrastate drivers (i.e., drivers who stay within one state) are subject to the physical qualification regulations of that specific state. · The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) has a current list of CMEs.
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