Screenings & Tests

Health Screenings

Health screenings are conducted to ensure a body is functioning properly. They also provide information about readiness to safely perform one’s job or to return to work following an injury or illness. BetterMed’s providers conduct an extensive array of screenings and tests, including drug tests, DOT physicals, PPD skin tests and medical surveillance exams.

  • Drug and Alcohol Tests
  • DOT, Pre-employment and Annual Physicals
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Screenings and Exams
  • Respiratory Clearance


Drug and alcohol use among employees can be an expensive problem for business and industry, with issues including reduced productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft, and low morale. These issues often lead to higher health care expenses, legal liability and increased workers’ compensation costs.

Some facts about drugs and alcohol in the workplace, according to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD).

  • 70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use drugs are employed
  • Employees with alcohol problems were 2.7 times more likely than employees without alcohol problems to have injury-related absences
  • Breathalyzer tests detected alcohol in 16% of ER patients injured at work
  • One-fifth of workers and managers across a wide range of industries and company sizes report that a co-worker's on or off-the-job drinking jeopardized their own productivity and safety

In order to keep your workplace safe, we offer a multitude of urine drug tests and breath alcohol testing.

Our instant 6-panel UDS tests for the 6 most habitually abused substances, including marijuana (THC), cocaine (COC), opiates (codeine, morphine and heroin), methamphetamine, amphetamine and phencyclidine (PCP).

Our instant 10-panel UDS test for barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone and oxycodone, in addition to the six classes referenced above.

Other "panels" are available upon request. Some instant tests must be sent to an outside lab for further testing where confirmation may take several days.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Testing

The DOT has established drug and alcohol testing requirements to ensure safe operation of aircrafts, trains and buses.

The DOT drug tests require lab testing for the following drug classes:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines and Methamphetamines
  • Phencyclidine – PCP

To meet DOT requirements, BetterMed performs drug tests in the following situations:

  • Pre-employment
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Random testing
  • Return to duty – required after drug and alcohol policy violation
  • Follow-up
  • Post-accident – alcohol test must occur within 8 hours and drug test within 32 hours of an accident.

In addition to providing these tests, BetterMed goes a step further in offering to manage an employee database for urine drug screens and breath alcohol tests, at no extra charge.

DOT Physicals

What are DOT Physical guidelines?

Federal guidelines require all commercial drivers to pass the DOT health exam. The goal of the test is to check whether a potential driver is physically capable of driving safely now, and in the near future.

Basic Requirements for passing the DOT Physical:
  • Vision in both eyes, as well as individually, must be 20/40 or better. Visual improvement devices, such as glasses or contacts, are allowed
  • Ability to distinguish color
  • Hearing should be good enough to notice a whisper at a minimum distance of 5 feet
  • Blood pressure, controlled. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is allowed

Medical Surveillance

What is Medical Surveillance?

Some employees are exposed to potentially hazardous materials or other workplace risks. Medical surveillance is a systematic assessment of employee exposure to these hazards. The fundamental purpose of surveillance is to detect and eliminate the underlying causes of hazardous exposure; thus it has a prevention focus.

BetterMed Services

BetterMed’s surveillance program includes physical exams and screenings, initial exams, follow-up exams, and monitoring. We tailor exams based on the type of exposure in line with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definitions and requirements. Our surveillance and screening include:

  • Hazardous materials exams (such as Asbestos, Lead, Silica)
  • Titers
  • Audiometry
  • Spirometry
  • Vision
  • Biometric
  • Lab (CBC, comprehensive metabolic panel, etc.)
Comprehensive Services to Meet all Your Occupational Health Needs
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