Understanding Pre-employment medicals

So many positions in organizations and companies require you to undergo pre-employment medical examination. The sole aim is to ascertain that you will be fit to carry out the work if given the opportunity to work.

If your potential employer insists that you undergo pre-employment medicals, you really don’t need to start asking series of questions about it; instead you can ask them to give you details of what is involved and why you are asked to go for it.


As part of the examination, some employers will like to require either:

  • Alcohol testing and
  • Random or routine drug testing

All these are necessary before giving you the job.

Why would a new employer require pre-employment medicals?

A lot of people have been asking this question over time. If you go to the internet, you will see very few articles in this regard. Some business writers have tried to attempt this question.

However, it is not a bad idea if an employer wants to know your current health status. It will help them to determine your suitability and areas to place you in their organizations, and also enable them to determine the level of care you need.

If you undergo this medical examination, the employer will store the information in their database. This will help them to spot potential health problems you might be allergic or subject to all through your employment history with the institution.

They will also know the best way to manage the risks, and how they will safeguard you so that you won’t be exposed to more harm. Keep in mind that prospective clients are not supposed to rule out the possibility of hiring you due to your previous medical history.

Some organizations will like to have a record of your health status for proper documentation. However, to be eligible for employment, certain health conditions are necessary, you must meet them.

Failure to meet them, the employer may be skeptical in hiring you, and may likely not hire your services, because no company will like to hire someone that would be a liability to their firm.

Things involved

When we talk about pre-employment medicals, we are solely talking about one or any of the following:

  • Work, lifestyle and medical history
  • Posture and ergonomic assessments
  • Measurements of your pulse, weight and height
  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Checking how your lung function
  • Hearing test
  • Physical / fitness assessment test
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest x-ray ( some organizations are required by law to conduct this test)
  • Alcohol or drug screen- in this case, either your blood, saliva or urine sample can be taken to conduct this test.

What is the cost of pre-employment medicals?

The pre employment medicals at Melb Occ Health are some of the most competitively priced, but it varies from one health institution to another and it also depends on the test you are carrying out. Also, the employer is expected to take care of the bills, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, the employer may like you to pay for it, while other employers will pay some fractions of the money while the employee completes the bill.


A good employer will like you to undergo pre-employment test so that they can have firsthand knowledge of your suitability for the job, as well as the risk factors you will face during your employment history with the company.