Firm streamlines exams for commercial drivers

Bryce Christianson

A Grand Junction business has streamlined its operations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to help commercial drivers and the businesses that employ them comply with regulations requiring medical examinations.

“We improved our business systems to where we could still provide an effective physical exam, but used technology to do all the tasks within the exam from a distance,” said Bryce Christianson, a chiropractor and clinic director with First Aid Occupational Health.

“Some minor improvements have made the process even smoother for employers, too,” Christianson said.

Regulations require that commercial drivers pass medical examinations, a certification that lasts up to two years. In addition, new drivers most pass exams to receive their commercial licenses, Christianson said.

To streamline the process, First Aid Occupational Health collects patient histories and other documentation electronically or over the phone.

Same-day appointments are usually available for physicals to help drivers complete requirements in a timely manner, Christianson said.

The business also offers online scheduling and payments as well as submissions to the federal government and updates to the state commercial drivers license unit.

In addition to medical exams for commercial drivers, First Aid Occupational Health offers diagnosis and treatments for work-related injuries as well as injury prevention and corporate wellness services.

The company operates its offices at 2140 N. 12th St. For more information, call 712-8193 or visit the website located at