AUGUSTA/WATERVILLE — Two members of Maine-General’s Workplace Health staff have become Kennebec County’s first certified medical examiners qualified to provide physical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

Kevin Ward, a nurse practitioner and associate medical director of MaineGeneral’s Workplace Health, and Susan Cruz, a nurse practitioner, have completed the coursework and passed the examination to become certified and listed on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national registry.

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After May 2014, all CMV drivers who are required to be medically certified must be examined and cleared by a certified medical examiner. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules require that examiners look at a range of conditions to determine medical fitness, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision and hearing.

Ward and Cruz provide the exams at MaineGeneral Work-place Health locations in Augusta and Waterville. For more information, call 621-7550.