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What is a certificate of medical fitness?
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An_249206 posted:
Hello,

Hoping that someone can help me with this. I was wondering if someone can tell me what is a "certificate of medical fitness" and what are the requirements to pass it?

I am in the interview process for a position and thus far things look like they are going well. The position does not really require any heavy lifting or anything all that physical, but in order to be hired, one of the requirement is to obtain from my physician a certificate of medical fitness?

What is this?

I'm worried because I am overweight and have a history of high blood pressure, though generally it stays under control with blood pressure medication. My weight has been a problem for me for many years, a very difficult struggle.

So, I guess I'm just wondering if anyone knows what this entails? Since the position is just in an office, I would be surprised if there is a need for me to run a mile or something like that (They've seen me in person and invited me back to discuss further so I assume they could tell by looking at me that I'm not an athelete or anything).

Anyway - can anyone tell me what this is and could being overweight, issues with blood pressure be a problem?
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Hi.


There's no standardized "certificate of medical fitness" that I am aware of, but I could be wrong. I would suggest that they don't mean "fitness" in the traditional sense, such as aerobic endurance, or muscular strength, or the ability to run a mile or do push-ups, etc., but rather the state of your health. I don't know the law in terms of whether they can decide to hire you or not based on your health, but of course they could not discriminate against you if you had a disability. This sounds like it could be as simple as a standard medical exam. Your doctor will most likely know what they want.

As for high blood pressure, it can be controlled by medication, and so if yours is not controlled then you should speak with your doctor. As for being overweight, WebMD can help you with that as there are many resources here.

You can start with your diet-related questions at the Diet Community:
http://exchanges.webmd.com/diet-exchange

and you can select one of the Diet Clubs based on how much weight you want to lose.
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-10-25-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-25-50-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-50-100-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-100-lbs-exchange

You didn't say whether you're exercising or not, so I cannot comment about your fitness, but if you do have exercise questions I am happy to help out.

If you're concerned about your health and/or physical fitness, then maybe this episode is a wake-up call to start to work on it and get yourself as fit and healthy as you can be. Again, I'm happy to help with your fitness/exercise questions.

Good luck.
Rich
 
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brunosbud responded:
Here, take a look at one...

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OF178.pdf

Management defines the type of work you will be doing in terms of physical demands, then, you're sent to a company contracted medical practice to be examined by a physician. The primary objective of the examine is to screen for narcotics, thus, a urine sample will be requested. Vision, hearing, BP, EKG and previous medical history may be examined, too.

In summary, most companies have established policies on drug use by employees & new hires (marijuana, mets, heroin, cocaine, pain killers) and this is the company's way of periodically screening their employees for drugs. For example, if a driver gets into an accident while on the job, they're usually immediately sent to a test clinic and screened. If it comes back positive, that's often grounds for immediate termination.

Being overweight and having high blood pressure (or high blood sugar) are not terminable employment criteria...yet.


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