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Pre-Placement Physicals and Drug Testing

The Massachusetts Bay Self-Insurance Group (MBSIG) provides members with loss control information, training and tools designed to help MBSIG members establish a safe and productive workforce and to prevent injuries at the worksite.

MBSIG understands that loss control begins with the hiring process.

Pre-placement physical examinations are a successful tool to determine that prospective employees are physically capable to perform the essential functions of the job for which they are being considered.

Pre-placement drug testing is another effective tool to screen prospective employees. In addition, random and "for cause" drug testing is very successful in maintaining a safe work environment.

Screening employment candidates during the hiring process to confirm that they are physically capable of performing the job for which they are being considered:

  • creates a safer working environment
  • reduces injuries
  • reduces associated Workers' Compensation costs
  • enhances the quality of your workforce

 

MBSIG suggests utilizing an occupational health provider to provide pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examinations and drug testing for MBSIG members for the following job categories:

  • All Drivers (both full and part time)
  • All Maintenance/Facilities staff
  • Visiting Nurses
  • Home Health staff
  • Residential Care staff
  • Personal Trainers/Athletic Trainers

The cost for Pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examination and drug test vary depending on the provider. However, in general the average costs are:

Pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examination: $70 - $125 / each Urine drug screen: $65 - $80 / each

MBSIG will reimburse the MBSIG member up to $75 for each pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examination.

In addition, MBSIG will reimburse up to $35 for each pre-placement, post employment offer urine / blood drug screen and for periodic / random urine / blood drug screen for existing employees.

However, MBSIG will not provide reimbursement if the pre-placement physical and/or drug screen is done by the employment candidate’s primary care physician.

Reimbursement procedure:
1. MBSIG member will send a copy of the paid invoice / bill for the pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examination and / or the drug screen / test to:

Diane Grasso, Member Services Coordinator
diane.grasso@cabotrisk.com OR Fax 781-376-9907

2. INVOICES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. INVOICES RECEIVED AFTER JANUARY 31 CAN NOT BE REIMBURSED.

3. MBSIG will then send a check to the MBSIG member for up to $75 for each pre-placement, post employment offer, physical examination and up to $35 for each drug/substance abuse screen/test.