When someone wants to get their commercial license or CDL, they must pass a thorough medical examination that certifies they can fulfill the demanding schedule and physical burden associated with the job ahead.
Since CDL drivers or “truckers” are on the road, those who are unqualified pose a serious risk to the public. Among other things, they could cause accidents which may result in grievous injuries or even death for themselves or others. Therefore. it is vital that practitioners receive department of transportation, or DOT medical certification.
The certifications will teach practitioners what to look for in applicants that may pose a risk were they to be given their CDL. Among other things, the following would be good reason to disqualify an applicant:
· Obstructive sleep apnea or other sleeping disorders
· Blindness or extreme sight loss
· Deafness or extreme difficulty hearing
· Any condition triggering seizures or other uncontrolled body movements
· Mental or mood disorders affecting a person’s ability to think clearly
· Type I or II diabetes that requires the use of injectable insulin
· Heart defects
· The loss of an arm or leg which impedes the person’s ability to safely carry out basic functions
· Unmanaged high blood pressure
During your medical training, you will also learn best practices for CDL drivers, which can be passed on to your patients. This includes things like how to effectively combat fatigue when driving long distances over the road, as well as signs a driver needs to stop for rest.
If you check off on the health of an applicant, you should know they will need to be recertified every few years. This ensures that they stay in good health, and that no new problems arise which could potentially pose future problems. Recertification for the department of transportation is the same process by which a person originally becomes certified.