FAQs

We’re here to answer all your health and safety, occupational medicine, DOT or Non-DOT-related questions in our FAQs!

Frequently Asked Questions

A DOT Physical is a medical assessment that checks your health to ensure you can safely perform job functions. It includes an exam of:

  • your overall physical and mental health
  • vision
  • hearing
  • blood pressure
  • neurological functions.

The physician will also assess your physical abilities to ensure you can meet job requirements. This assessment rules out any underlying conditions that may affect your ability to perform essential job functions. A DOT Physical is crucial for road and workplace safety. Schedule your physical exam with Steel City Health and Safety if you’re in need of a CDL physical in the Western Pennsylvania area!

If you’re looking to lower your blood pressure for a DOT physical, we recommend some simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy, getting regular exercise, managing stress, and making sure to follow any medication guidance from your healthcare provider. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Smith questions during your DOT exam!

It’s important to get your respirator fit tested once a year, whenever you start using a new respirator, or if there have been any significant changes to your facial features. By doing so, you can be sure that your respirator is giving you the best protection possible. Schedule your fit test with us today and thanks for taking the time to keep yourself safe!

Yes, there is a difference between respirator fit testing, quantitative fit testing, and qualitative fit testing. These are methods used to ensure that a respirator properly fits an individual and provides effective protection. Here’s a brief explanation of each:

  1. Respirator Fit Testing:

    • Definition: Respirator fit testing is the overall process of evaluating the effectiveness of a respirator’s seal on an individual’s face.
    • Purpose: It ensures that a specific model and size of respirator form a tight seal on the wearer’s face, preventing the entry of contaminants.
  2. Quantitative Fit Testing (QNFT):

    • Definition: QNFT is a method of respirator fit testing that uses instrumentation to measure the concentration of a challenge agent inside and outside the respirator.
    • Purpose: It quantifies the amount of leakage into the respirator, providing an objective measurement of the fit. Common methods include using particle counters or other devices to assess the fit.
  3. Qualitative Fit Testing (QLFT):

    • Definition: QLFT is a subjective method of respirator fit testing that relies on the wearer’s sense of taste, smell, or irritation to detect leakage.
    • Purpose: It involves the use of a test agent (such as a bitter or sweet solution) to challenge the seal of the respirator. The wearer reports whether they can taste or smell the agent, indicating potential leaks.

In summary, respirator fit testing is the broader term that encompasses both quantitative and qualitative fit testing. Quantitative fit testing provides an objective measurement of the fit, while qualitative fit testing relies on subjective responses from the wearer. Both methods are essential to ensure that a respirator provides the necessary protection for the wearer. If you need any fit testing, contact our office today!

Drug and alcohol testing is crucial for maintaining a safe and productive work environment. It helps identify and deter substance abuse among employees, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring workplace safety. If you’re in the New Brighton area, contact us for your testing needs!

Pre-employment physical exams help ensure that prospective employees are physically capable of performing job duties, reducing the risk of injuries and promoting overall workforce health. Reduce OSHA recordable injuries and get your physical exams done with Steel City Health & Safety!

A pre-employment physical exam typically includes a review of medical history, vital signs assessment, vision and hearing tests, and an evaluation of physical fitness relevant to the job requirements.

DOT physical exams are mandated by the Department of Transportation to ensure that professional commercial drivers like you meet specific health standards! DOT physicals promote safety on the roads.

DOT physical exams are required at least every two years. However, more frequent exams may be necessary if certain health conditions are identified. Contact us for renewing your CDL medical card!

DOT physical exams evaluate an individual’s ability to perform essential job functions. In some cases, accommodations may be made for certain health conditions, but it depends on the nature of the condition and its impact on safe driving. Consult with our NRCME Dr. Smith about your health conditions during your DOT physial exam.