As the famous saying goes, safety is everybody’s responsibility. As such, one must be safety conscious wherever we find ourselves — either at work or at home. Having mentioned that, driving is one occupation where safety is held in high regard. Hence the need for drivers to check-in for regular driver medical assessment.
The primary goal of driver medical assessment is to ensure that one is fit and remains fit to drive. That way, every road user is safe too. Interestingly, not many people know that being fit is a legal requirement, and it’s mandatory to present your employers with a reassessment of your fitness if your health status changes. By “change in health status,” it means you have to notify your employer if you have been diagnosed with a health condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease or if you now have to wear glasses.
Why do you need a driver medical?
Driver medicals are needed for insurance purposes, and it’s backed by law in virtually every country. Drivers of large or passenger vehicles, as well as forklift truck drivers or people that operate heavy machinery, are also required to take driver medicals.
Virtually every driver medical starts with a health questionnaire, and it’s mostly conducted by a certified and licensed occupational health nurse. As you can imagine, a driver medical is intended to assess one’s capability to drive. It gives accurate answers to vital questions that participants could easily give false answers to and endanger the health and safety of both themselves and the people around them.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, driver medicals are usually non-invasive. The test routine usually revolves around eyesight tests, height and walk tests, blood pressure test, unrine test and analysis, as well as hearing tests.
What are the results from driver medicals used for?
After the necessary tests and checks are done, the results are then analysed by a qualified nurse/doctor to determine whether you are fit for the role. However, you should have it at the back of your mind that different driving roles have different health and safety criteria (by which your driver medicals results are examined.
Because driving roles vary, it’s not unusual to find someone that was deemed unfit for one role getting the thumbs up for another. Once the health practitioner is done with his or her assessment, they will forward the results to both the employer and employee. Suppose a new health condition was diagnosed in the course of your driver medicals examination, you will be directed to report to your personal doctor for follow-up treatment.
What happens if I fail driver medicals?
Not making it through driver medicals may not be an easy pill to swallow, but on the bright side, it keeps you ( the driver) and others around safe. How? Imagine the damage or potential harm that can be caused if you have an unfit or unhealthy person behind the steering of a forklift. It will be devastating and can result in very costly damage and maybe loss of life.
It’s always best to have it at the back of your mind that driver medicals are primarily designed to ensure safety. As such, if you fail the test or are deemed unfit for the role, instead of whining over your inability to get the job, you should be more concerned about seeing your doctor.
That way, depending on the reasoning for not making the cut, you will get proper and timely treatment — and you can take and pass driver medicals in the future.
What is the importance of driver medicals?
Think about it, driver medicals can also be regarded as health examinations, and the benefits of health examinations are known to virtually everyone.
Regular examinations help in the early detection of diseases, and they keep you abreast of your health status, risk factors while also giving you access to counselling interventions if the need arises.