Pre Employment Medicals

Pre-employment medical examinations are health assessments conducted on prospective employees before they start working for an organisation. These examinations aim to evaluate an individual’s physical and mental fitness to perform specific job-related tasks safely and effectively. The scope and depth of these can vary significantly based on the nature of the job and potential risks involved.

The medical may include a variety of assessments such as a physical examination (checking vital signs, vision, hearing, etc.), laboratory tests (blood tests, urine tests, etc.), drug screening, fitness tests, and psychological evaluations.

In some industries, pre-employment medicals are mandatory due to legal regulations or safety standards. Jobs involving heavy machinery, healthcare, transportation, or positions where employees are exposed to hazardous substances or situations often require thorough medical evaluations.

Offering comprehensive assessment encompassing all industries and roles that meets the needs of both the employee and employer ensuring the right person for the right role in your organisation, Singleton Medical Centre is your one stop shop for workplace health and wellness.

Let us help you meet your needs as an employer, contact us today for further information or to book your next pre-employment medical.

Pre Employment Medicals Frequently Asked Questions

Employers conduct pre-employment medicals to ensure that job candidates can safely and effectively perform the duties of the job, reduce workplace accidents, and comply with legal and safety requirements.

Yes, an Order 43 medical is required for all employees and contractors working in the coal industry.

The specific tests and evaluations can vary depending on the job and industry, but a typical pre-employment medical may include physical examinations, vision and hearing tests, lung function screening, drug and alcohol screening, and mental health assessments.

No, the requirement for a pre-employment medical examination depends on the nature of the role. High-risk and safety-sensitive positions are more likely to require such exams.

Generally, the employer covers the cost of pre-employment medicals. Some employers may require the candidate to pay but typically reimburse them if they are hired.

Yes, many job offers are contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination. If a candidate fails the examination, they may not receive a job offer.

Medical information collected during the pre-employment examination should be kept confidential and not disclosed to unauthorised individuals and should be in compliance with relevant privacy laws.

A candidate can refuse to undergo a pre-employment medical examination, but the employer may choose not to hire them as a result.

Employers cannot discriminate against candidates based on protected characteristics like age, gender, disability, or other legally protected attributes. If a medical examination reveals a disability, employers must provide reasonable accommodations, if possible, to enable the candidate to perform the job.

The frequency of pre-employment medical examinations for the same job can vary but is often conducted once before employment. However, some employers may require periodic medical examinations, especially for high-risk jobs.

It’s essential both employers and job candidates understand the purpose and legal implications of pre-employment medical examinations, and to ensure that the process complies with relevant laws and regulations.