Pre – Employment Medical Assessments (or PEM) is a workforce risk management tool, and forms a part of the recruitment process for a variety of professional jobs.
It is a comprehensive health assessment that is commonly requested by many employers during the recruitment stage. It involves the assessment of various body functions engaged in workplace activities such as vision, hearing or fitness.
Designed with the foremost concept of ensuring good health for the workforce, a Pre – Employment Medical Assessment will tell the employers if their prospective employees can perform their job safely.
What can you expect in our Pre-Employment Medical Test?
- Medical History – Our clinicians will start with a questionnaire covering past medical history, medical conditions, injuries, vaccinations, disabilities, fitness and health habits.
- Medical Examination– This comprises of an actual medical assessment of the candidate’s blood pressure, body-mass index (BMI), cardiovascular and respiratory health.
- Vision test – to assess a candidate’s visual accuracy, colour blindness and any need for corrective lenses.
- Hearing test – An audiometry test will measure the candidate’s ability to hear different frequencies, or identify any hearing loss.
- Drug and alcohol screenings – This involves measuring alcohol concentration in blood and checking for illicit or prescribed drug use.
- Urinalysis for diabetes or kidney/bladder disorders
- Functional assessments such as grip strength
Industries that require a Pre-Employment Medical Check
Pre-employment medicals are common across a number of industries. However, they are more common in
- Rail Safety
- Taxi Driving and Transport
At South Melbourne Medical Hub, we offer 2 components of assessments
- Height, weight & BMI
Other components that may be required
- Spirometry (lung capacity test)
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Pathology (including immunity to diseases)
- Radiology (e.g. chest X-rays if appropriate)
1. Should I conduct a Pre-Employment Medical Check for my employees?
As an employer, you may want to know your prospective employees’ health status that will help identify any existing conditions that might interfere with them doing their job. A Pre-Employment Medical Assessment will ensure you employ people who can perform their work safely and risk-free.
2. What are the benefits to an employer for conducting a Pre-Employment Medical Assessment?
Apart from providing a safer working environment, a pre-employment medical test is a risk management tool to reduce workplace injuries and consequently work cover claims, employee turnover and can also enhance work motivation and improve job satisfaction.
1. What can I do if my prospective employer asks for a medical assessment?
If you have been asked by your future employer to conduct your medical assessment, you should contact our clinic to discuss your requirements. Our reception staff will be able to provide you with the cost of an examination tailored to your needs.
2. What would be the benefits of choosing South Melbourne Medical Hub to do my assessments?
Our doctors are well experienced in conducting pre-employment medical checks for an array of industries, and we deliver results as quickly as possible.