What is typically included in biometric screening?

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What is typically included in biometric screening?

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines biometric screening as the measurement of a person’s physical characteristics. This testing is often conducted as part of a comprehensive workplace wellness program. Some of the tests conducted during biometric screening are similar to those you may have experienced during a medical physical provided by your private physician.

Biometric screening may include lab tests and physical performance tests. Usually, your pulse rate and blood pressure will be measured and recorded during your screening. Your physical measurements such as height, weight, body mass and waist circumference may be recorded as well.

Additionally, you may be asked to provide blood samples for testing. Blood may be collected through a finger stick, venipuncture (blood draw), or other procedure. Common blood tests used for biometric screening include a lipid panel to check your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels, and a blood glucose test. Other blood tests that are sometimes included in biometric screening programs are hemoglobin A1C to detect early signs of diabetes and tests of thyroid markers in your blood.

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Shauna Krahn is the manager of medical services at SureHire Occupational Testing, a leading expert in the occupational health and wellness testing industry. SureHire is revolutionizing the occupational testing industry through its proprietary Fitness-to-Work assessments, drug testing adulteration protocols, automated tracking systems, standardized national training and certification system, and industry leading online technologies.   Full Bio