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Medical Screening Guidelines for Law Enforcement Officers
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Newly Revised for 2017

MED-TOX Health Services has developed the Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers for police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, and other law enforcement occupations. These medical standards have been devised to specifically address medical screening for new hires into law enforcement work.

The Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers has been completely updated for 2015.  The standards provide clear guidance for local police agencies seeking to medically screen job applicants.

The Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers integrates job analysis information obtained from individual police departments into a single reference manual to guide physicians in their preplacement and fitness-for-duty assessments. The manual is the most comprehensive occupational medical screening manual ever developed for assessing job applicants for any occupation.

For each medical condition, the Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers describes the job-related factors (physical abilities and working conditions) that should be evaluated by the examining physician prior to making a placement recommendation. Expert occupational medical advice and guidance for the evaluation of a wide variety of conditions likely to be present in the applicant population. Detailed coverage is given to recurring issues in medical screening such as appropriate vision and hearing requirements, assessment of persons with diabetes, musculoskeletal injuries, HIV+ status, seizure disorders, and a multitude of other complex issues.

The Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers covers the following:

Chapter I:   MEDICAL SCREENING UNDER THE ADA

  • The Preplacement Examination
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Evaluating Risk
  • Reasonable Accommodation
  • Job Analysis Information
  • Summary
  • References

Chapter II:   PREPLACEMENT EXAMINATION PROTOCOL

  • Recommended Procedures and Tests

Chapter III:   MEDICAL GUIDELINES

  • Dermatological System
  • Ears, Nose and Throat
  • Eyes and Vision
  • Ears and Hearing
  • Pulmonary System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Hypertension
  • Endocrine System
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Urinary System
  • Hematopoietic System
  • Reproductive System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Neurological System
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease

Chapter IV:   APPENDICES

  • Medical History Questionnaire
  • Clinical Examination Form


The Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers has been designed to assist examiners in closely focusing on the actual physical demands and working conditions of the job. This linkage allows for an individualized assessment of the individual in relation to the job as required by law. The individualized assessment must be made by the occupational physician after examining the individual, medical history, any current condition and prognosis, and functional ability in relation to the actual job requirements.

Several major Police and Sheriff's departments are currently using the Medical Screening Manual for Law Enforcement Officers for medically screening new recruits into their ranks. Please contact MED-TOX information about how your department can utilize this resource to ensure that only those truly qualified for the job are hired.




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