GGC WorkCare is a proven leader in occupational health, wellness and testing services. GGC WorkCare provides DOT drug and alcohol screening, post-offer and annual medical exams, physical demands testing, on-site OSHA hearing testing, on-site medical services and work related injury/illness treatment.
GGC WorkCare is the area’s leading provider of work related physical exam services. All GGC WorkCare Physicians and Nurse Practitioners are certified and listed in National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Since May 2014, all DOT exams for interstate commercial vehicle drivers must be performed by medical examiners certified and listed in the NRCME.
- DOT/DOE for commercial drivers
- OSHA respiratory evaluation
- Fit for Duty
- Police and Fire
- Customized exams available upon request
GGC Work Care offers a full range of services to meet a company’s drug and alcohol screening requirements:
- Post Accident/Property Damage
- Return to Work
- Reasonable Suspicion
GGC Work Care medical surveillance and screening programs help clients evaluate the health of employees and improve the overall safety of the workplace. Whatever the size of your workforce, GGC Work Care can help write, enact and monitor a drug free workplace policy and testing process; including testing that complies with Kentucky’s Drug Free Workplace program
Medical surveillance can include:
- Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT)
- Urine collections (5, 7, 9, 10, 11 or 12 panel)
- Point of Care Testing (POCT) (renders results in less than 15 minutes)
- Random drug screening
- Random pool selection and maintenance
All lab-based test results include professional interpretation and specification to job applications.
OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure standard, 1910.95, for all employees who work in an environment where the time weighted average (TWA) of noise is greater than 85 dBA. Employees should be given a baseline audiogram upon initial hiring, with audiograms given annually thereafter. The annual test is compared to the employee a baseline to determine if hearing loss is occurring. GGC WorkCare can travel to the employer and utilize the latest technology to conduct the testing with a CAOHC certified occupational hearing conservationist. It takes just a few minutes for each individual to complete, which includes a hearing history questionnaire and the hearing test administered in a sound reduction booth. If the testing shows that the employee has an unusual result or has sustained a standard threshold shift, a licensed physician will review the test.
Nationwide, companies have saved thousands of dollars using Physical Demands Testing and GGC WorkCare is the area’s leading provider of this testing service. When used for post-offer, pre-placement or Return-to-Duty testing, Physical Demands Testing completes a collection of multiple strength and range of motion measurements in as little as 30 minutes with results available to employers within minutes.
Physical Demands Testing helps:
- Reduce injuries by insuring employees have the physical strength to safely perform their job responsibilities.
- Minimize workers compensation exposure by documenting impairments that an employee brings with them to the workplace.
- Provide pre-work injury baseline measurements on an employee allowing treating professionals to expedite treatment.
PDT saves money:
- $1 spent on testing typically saves $8 in direct medical cost savings.
- Workers compensation premiums can be reduced 10% – 30%.
- Injury rates are reduced up to 30%.
GGC WorkCare assists employers in developing Functional Job Descriptions that are matched to the Physical Demands Test. The PDT utilizes the Department of Labor’s (DOL) five classifications of work and the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides. Physical Demands Testing is ADA and HIPAA compliant and has successfully undergone EEOC audits. It also complies with Kentucky Workers Comp legal standards.
For a quote on Physical Demands Testing and other services offered by GGC WorkCare, call 270.781.6477.
GGC WorkCare uses spirometry testing devices that are easily transported to the job site. It only takes a few minutes to administer a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). After the medical data is collected, it is reviewed by a licensed physician or Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN). The information is reviewed in conjunction with the OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire and a physical examination of the individual in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.134.
GGC WorkCare also provides qualitative mask fit testing, allowing the individual to complete the entire testing process at one time.
GGC WorkCare provides a full spectrum of services to provide solutions to the ever-changing problems employers face each day. Services include:
- Early Intervention Programs
- Functional Job Descriptions
- Ergonomic Analysis
- Work Conditioning/Work Hardening
- Functional Capacity Evaluation
The basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam under the new standards effective May 21, 2014 are:
- At least 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. Glasses or contacts are allowed.
- Needs to be able to distinguish colors found on traffic signals.
- Forced whisper test to detect adequate hearing.
- Controlled blood pressure below 140/90. Prescription medication may be used to control blood pressure.
- Cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections.
- Maximum blood sugar level allowed is 200.
- No use of a schedule 1 drug (controlled substance), amphetamine, narcotic or habit forming drug.
- For any exemptions for vision, diabetes, etc., please bring the exemption to your physical exam.
Before you arrive at our office for your DOT exam, please do the following:
- Arrive about 20 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
- Bring your completed DOT Form to your visit along with your driver’s license and pocket certificate.
- Bring your glasses, contacts or anything you routinely use for vision.
- Bring all prescription medication bottles that you take including over the counter medications.
- Bring a list of doctors that you see and their phone numbers.
- Take any required medications prior to your visit, including blood pressure medications.
- Drink plenty of water. You’ll be required to give a urine sample to screen for kidney problems.
- If you have any of the conditions below, bring the requested items.
- Diabetes – Bring a list of medications and the name of your prescribing doctor. Bring copies of your blood sugar results or hemoglobin A1C results from the past 3 months.
- High blood pressure – Bring a list of medications and the name of your prescribing doctor.
- Heart condition – If you’ve had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease bring a copy of your last stress test or release from your cardiologist. If you’ve had a CABG or stent you must provide written clearance from your cardiologist.
- Sleep apnea – Bring a copy of your latest sleep study results or CPAP compliancy notes.
Passing or Failing your DOT exam:
- The most common reasons for failing a DOT physical are high blood pressure and uncontrolled sugar in your urine. Both conditions can commonly be controlled and managed.
- Another reason for failing a DOT exam would be having any condition that would cause a loss of the ability to operate a commercial vehicle safely, including the loss or impairment of limbs, poor vision, insulin controlled diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy, mental disorders or use of certain drugs.
- DOT medical cards are typically issued for 2 years. However, your medical examiner may issue a card for one year or less, if you have a medical condition that requires monitoring, such as hypertension.
- Drug testing is not a typical part of the DOT exam but may be required by your employer.
All donors need to bring a photo ID and be prepared to use the restroom when arriving for their urine drug screening. Any information from your company, like a donor introduction form or passport, should also be brought to the clinic.
If a company requires a post-offer drug screening, the company will pay for the test. If the donor is voluntarily taking the drug test for their own use, GGC Work Care expects payment prior to performing the service.
No, the drug test will be sent to a lab and go through a medical review process there. If needed, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) will contact the donor directly to ask about prescription medications. If the donor is also having physical examination, they will need a list of all medications they are taking for their medical history.
Yes. GGC Work Care can come to your facility to conduct random drug screens or is available after hours to test for drugs and/or alcohol. Our two clinics are located near industrial parks for drug screening during normal business hours.
Yes. GGC Work Care serves small and large employers. We prefer to have work comp insurance information from employers prior to treating an injured worker to expedite the treatment process. Please contact GGC Work Care to learn more about this.
Make sure you have your current DOT medical card and a list of any medications you are taking.
If you are required to take a Physical Demands Test (PDT), it is a replication of the job for which you are being hired. You need to wear comfortable, or work appropriate clothing and sneakers or work shoes. Absolutely no flip flops or sandals are acceptable.