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Medical Standards
Effective July 1 2009,
Oregon Administrative Rule 259-008-0010
 

Minimum Standards for Employment
 
(7) Physical Examination. All law enforcement officers and a licensed physician or surgeon shall examine applicants. The medical examination shall be completed not more than 180 days prior to initial offer of employment, nor more than 90 days after initial offer of employment, and shall conform to applicable standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title 42 USC 12101. Individuals who have successfully completed a physical examination (while at the same employer) that is less than two years old at the time of Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC's) receipt of a properly completed ODOC Form F-4 are not required by ODOC to be re-examined. If two years or more have passed since the date of the last successfully completed physical examination (while at the same employer), an individual who is selected for a certifiable position in a discipline in which the individual is not yet certified shall complete and pass a new physical examination.
 
Police, Corrections, and Parole and Probation applicants must meet the following criteria:
 
(A) Visual Acuity. Corrected vision shall be at least 20/30 (Snellen) in each eye. Due to the demonstrated likelihood of dislodgment or breakage, candidates who are able to wear only glasses with frames shall meet an uncorrected standard not worse than 20/100 (Snellen) in each eye. Those candidates who use soft contact lenses (SCLs) shall have vision correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye, with no uncorrected standard, provided the employing agency will monitor compliance. Replacement glasses or lenses (as appropriate) shall be on the person or readily available at all times during each work shift.
 
(B) Color Vision. Red or green deficiencies may be acceptable, providing the applicant can read at least nine (9) of the first thirteen (13) plates of the Ishihara Test (24 Plate Edition). Applicants who fail the Ishihara test can meet the color vision standard by demonstrating that they can correctly discriminate colors via a field test conducted by the employer and approved by ODOC.
 
(C) Depth Perception. Depth perception shall be sufficient to demonstrate stereopsis adequate to perform the essential tasks of the job. The recommended test is the Random Stereo Test with 60 seconds of arc.
 
(D) Peripheral Vision. Visual Field Performance shall be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian combined.
 
(E) Night Blindness. A history of night blindness should be evaluated to determine applicant's capacity to perform essential tasks at night or in dark or low light settings.
 
(b) Applicants for the position of police or corrections officer must have hearing in both ears sufficient enough to perform essential tasks without posing a direct threat to themselves or others. The applicant must have no average loss greater than 25 decibels (db) at the 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 40 db.
 
(c) Applicants for the position of parole and probation officer must have hearing in both ears sufficient to perform essential tasks without posing a direct threat to them or others. The applicant must have no average loss greater than 35 decibels (db) at the 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 45 db.
 
(d) If amplification device(s) is (are) necessary to meet the criteria in (b) or (c) above, or if applicant cannot meet the above criteria and wishes to pursue application, applicant must:
 
(A) Obtain a hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat) to determine current hearing aid requirement; and
 
(B) Achieve a Speech Reception Threshold (SRT) of no greater than 25 db for each ear;
 
(C) Police, corrections and parole and probation officers shall achieve a Speech Discrimination test score of no less than 90% using a standard 50-word presentation at 60 db Hearing Threshold Level (HTL). The department may require an applicant to have another examination by a licensed audiologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat) designated by the department to verify that the applicant's hearing meets the Board's minimum hearing standard. The verification examination shall be at the expense of the applicant and/or the applicant's employing agency. The equipment used for all of these evaluations shall be calibrated annually using current ANSI standards.
 
(D) Hearing amplification devices used to meet the hearing standard must be the type that protects the applicant from further hearing degradation due to amplification of loud sounds.
 
(e) Applicants for the position of police, corrections, or parole and probation officer must be able to use vocal chords and have significant speaking ability to perform speaking-related essential tasks. For police and corrections officers, abnormalities of the nose, throat or mouth must not interfere with the applicant's breathing or proper fitting of gas mask or similar device.
 
(f) Applicants for the position of police, corrections, or parole and probation officer who have a history of organic cardiovascular disease or a finding during the medical examination of organic cardiovascular disease shall necessitate further medical evaluation.
 
(A) Resting blood pressure should be less than or equal to 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic on three successive readings.
 
(B) Applicants shall not have a functional and therapeutic cardiac classification greater than the American Heart Association's Class A.
 
(C) Failure to meet guidelines (f), (A) and (B) requires further medical evaluation.
 
(D) If the applicant has controlled hypertension not exceeding the above standards and is on medication with side effect profiles, which do not interfere with performance of duty, then the condition may not be excludable.
 
(E) Functional Capacity I patients with cardiac disease may not be excludable if they have no limitations of physical activity and ordinary physical activity does not cause discomfort and they do not have symptoms of cardiac insufficiency, nor experience angina pain.
 
(F) Therapeutic Classification A patients with cardiac disease, whose physical activity is restricted, should be evaluated thoroughly.
 
(G) If further medical examination is required under (df), it shall be at the expense of the applicant or hiring authority.
 
(g) A current-version ODOC Medical Examination Report, or a medical report completed by a licensed physician containing at a minimum the information on Form F2 and a signed statement by the examining physician that the applicant does not have any condition, physical, mental, or emotional, which, in his/her opinion, suggests further examination: Must be submitted on all law enforcement applicants. This report will be furnished to the examining physician by the hiring agency. The physician must indicate that the applicant is or is not physically able to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer as prescribed by ODOC.
 
(h) A copy of the Medical Examination Report must be sent to the department prior to acceptance into a basic course, or any course where the department requires such report.
 
(i) The department may require an applicant offered conditional employment to take a subsequent examination by a licensed physician of the department's choice at the expense of the applicant or the hiring authority.
 
(j) The board may waive any physical requirement where, in its judgment, the waiver would not be detrimental to the performance of an officer's duties, including the protection of the public and the safety of co-workers. The applicant may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.
 
(k) A person or department head requesting a waiver of any physical requirement set forth in section (7) of this rule shall submit the request to the department in writing, accompanied by supporting documents or pertinent testimony which would justify the action requested. Such supporting documents shall include information pertinent to the waiver request. The board or department may require additional documentation or testimony by the person or department head requesting the waiver if clarification is needed. Any expense associated with providing such documentation or testimony shall be borne by the person requesting the waiver or the requesting agency. If the person requesting the waiver does not obtain employment within one (1) year from the date a waiver is granted, the waiver shall be considered void. If the board grants a waiver, it will be recorded on the certification and any subsequent certification unless removed by the board upon proof that the condition prompting the waiver no longer exists.

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