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April 26 is Staff Appreciation Day!!!

We appreciate you and everything you do 365 days a year!

Today, we wanted to shout it out loud and clear… THANK YOU!

Thank You! from DriverCheck on Vimeo.

Let’s celebrate YOU and all that YOU do!

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions to the success of DC.

You are very much appreciated!

April 26th, 2017 | administrator

Phone System Upgrade Tues. Apr. 4 at 9pm EST

Please be advised that DriverCheck is upgrading its phone system. In order to do so, our phone system will be temporarily disabled. This upgrade will have no effect on our email system.

The temporary shutdown is scheduled for Tues. Apr. 4 at 9pm EST for approximately 4 hours.

In the event you need to contact us during this time, please contact our afterhours number at:

(519) 569-1836

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. The phone system upgrade is being done to improve the overall service provided by DriverCheck. Be assured that we are making a collective effort to minimize disruptions to the best of our ability.

We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

April 4th, 2017 | administrator

Service Alert: Purolator Returns to Normal Operations

We are pleased to announce that Purolator has reached a tentative agreement with their union.

As a result, Purolator is returning to normal operations. Effective immediately, the company has lifted its temporary service suspension, a precautionary measure that was implemented on March 28 to protect customers from being negatively impacted by a possible strike.

Due to the brief stoppage of accepting shipments, there may be a slight delay as Purolator returns to normal operations. Rest assured, DriverCheck will make a concerted effort to minimize disruptions moving forward.

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

In the future, if you’re interested in current industry news and challenges, feel free to visit our website under the NEWS section at www.DriverCheck.ca or follow us on Twitter @DriverCheckCA.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

March 29th, 2017 | administrator

Service Alert: Effective Immediately Purolator Not Accepting Shipments

March 28, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – There is a potential strike happening with Purolator across Canada that may cause disruptions in the delivery of samples and results. A decision is expected from the union by 4:30pm EST on March 29, 2017.

Effective immediately, on March 28, 2017, Purolator will not be accepting shipments until further notice. Purolator will make their best effort to deliver shipments currently in their network, however, extended ground shipments may experience a delay.

The shipment of samples is a part of DriverCheck’s contract with the laboratory, Dynacare WorkPlace, and they have developed a backup plan with FedEx.

Below is a list of regions that will have minimal disruption, due to other shipping alternatives already in place:

Fort McMurray – will be minimally affected as Air Canada is the courier used in this region.

Dynacare WorkPlace Ground Service – there are several locations in Ontario that will continue to use Dynacare WorkPlace ground courier service, and therefore will be minimally affected. This list will be provided in the event that a strike occurs.

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience that it may cause to your daily operations. Be assured that we are making a collective effort to minimize disruptions to the best of our ability, however delays should be expected.

A further communication will be provided once the outcome of the potential strike is known.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

March 29th, 2017 | administrator

Weed in the Workplace Webinar

March 7, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – The legalization of marijuana is scheduled for spring or summer 2017. What does this mean for Canadian employers? Employers should be aware that marijuana has a variety of impairment effects, including reduced reaction times, irritability, loss of focus, lethargy, disengagement with reality and poor decision making.

On Thurs. Mar. 30, Rodney Employment Law and DriverCheck will host a webinar titled, “Weed in the Workplace” that will address challenges in the workplace in relation to medical marijuana and its pending legalization.

Through this webinar, the challenges of cannabis in the workplace and the potential impact it will have on employers and employees will be discussed. Employers will be educated on the effects of marijuana on one’s duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal do’s and don’ts of marijuana in the workplace, including the implementation of testing programs; the legal accommodation of medical marijuana in the workplace and best practices for the implementation of workplace drug policies and programs.

What You Will Learn:

• The impact of marijuana on workplace safety
• What is CANNABIS?
• Medical ‘Indications’ for marijuana
• What are safety sensitive jobs?
• Best practices for alcohol and drug testing in the workplace
• Duty to accommodate medical marijuana under Human Rights
• Balancing legalities of workplace safety versus human rights
• Legal considerations for alcohol and drug policies/programs

If you’re interested in attending this educational webinar, please contact Rodney Employment Law, or register online.

Tel: (905) 695-5995 ext. 114 Email: info@rodneyemploymentlaw.com

Register online: Weed in the Workplace Webinar

The event is just $59.99 to attend, however, if you are a client of Rodney Employment Law, MaxPeople HRessentials or DriverCheck, the session is free to attend.

About the Facilitators:

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler
Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck

Dr. Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck. Her background is in Family Medicine, but now works primarily in the field of Addiction Medicine. She has been providing Opioid Agonist Therapy in multiple practice settings throughout Ontario for the last sixteen years.

Dr. Snider-Adler is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She is also certified as a Physician practicing Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snider-Adler is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine. She was one of the authors of the 2011 Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines and continues to work as a Peer Assessor for the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario where she also sits on the Methadone Assessors Committee. Dr. Snider-Adler is qualified as an Expert Witness for Addictions as well as for Drug Testing Interpretation in the Ontario Court of Justice, and as such gives expert testimony in the field across Canada.

Lastly, one of Dr. Snider-Adler’s favourite opportunities is to be able to educate companies, physicians and the community about workplace substance abuse and addiction prevention and treatment through talks and speaking engagements across Canada.

Miriam Anbar
Associate Employment Lawyer, Rodney Employment Law

Miriam Anbar is an associate employment lawyer at Rodney Employment Law. In her practice, Miriam handles a broad spectrum of employment and labour matters, including but not limited to wrongful dismissals, employment standards, employment contracts, human resources law, workplace safety and insurance, human rights, and occupational health and safety. Miriam assists both employers and employees, and she strives to provide practical strategies to solve complex workplace issues.

Prior to her legal career, Miriam worked as an HR Manager, which allowed her to gain valuable experience in human resources and employee relations. Miriam acquired significant insight into the needs of both employers and employees, which allows her to better understand what her clients are looking for.

March 7th, 2017 | administrator

Implications of the Legalization of Marijuana, Sleep Apnea and an ELD Update to be Presented at PMTC Calgary Event

February 22, 2017 [Milton, ON] – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has announced the next regional seminar in its ongoing series of cross country educational half day conferences. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 17, in Calgary, AB.

The seminar will run from 8:30am to 11:30am and will cover three topics that are at the forefront of the Trucking Industry. One of the advantages of being a member of the PMTC is that the PMTC actively seeks opportunities to provide members with access to leaders in the trucking industry who provide information and practical solutions to keep their companies informed and better able to be prepared to protect the interests of their companies and employees.

The topics being covered are: Marijuana in the Workplace, Sleep Apnea and an ELD Update.

Canadian Cannabis Craze, Marijuana in the Workplace

Medical marijuana authorizations continue to increase at an alarming rate across Canada, and with the federal liberal government announcing its intention to legalize cannabis in the near future, concerns are being raised regarding the impact this will have on employees and the workplace, especially when it comes to safety sensitive positions. The job of a Professional CMV operator is one of these safety sensitive positions, whose workplace is shared with not only employees, but the public.

Marijuana has a variety of impairment effects, including reduced reaction times, loss of focus and poor decision making. In this seminar, Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck Inc., will provide up to date information regarding marijuana in the workplace, and what companies can do to protect themselves.

“DriverCheck fields calls daily regarding concerns of cannabis use in the workplace. Employers understand the need to respect Human Rights, but safety must not be compromised. Employers want to be educated about what they legally can and can not do,” says Dr. Snider-Adler.

Dr. Snider Adler will touch on:

– Medical marijuana applications for usage
– Impairment factors from THC
– Challenges of marijuana in the workplace
– Human Rights commission consideration
– Medical marijuana authorizations- THC vs CBD
– Testing capabilities of devices- today and the future
– Company policy considerations

Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Management

The understanding of fatigue has been evolving quickly over the last few years. Fatigue is more readily being recognized as an impairment that is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A fatigued driver simply will not have the same reaction time as a well rested driver, and fatigue is one of the leading causes of CMV accidents. Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. Studies have indicated that as many as 1/3 of CMV drivers have Sleep Apnea. If gone undiagnosed and untreated, the problem will persist, and can not only cause extreme daytime drowsiness, it can also lead to deterioration of your health, a poor quality of life and irritability, among other side effects. Many Transport companies have instituted sleep apnea testing and treatment programs in their fleets, and have reported significant declines in accident rates, as well as improved quality of life for the employees who are treated. South of the border, the FMCSA regulations do not specifically address sleep apnea, however they do prescribe that a person with a medical history or clinical diagnosis of any condition likely to interfere with their ability to drive safely cannot be medically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. This includes Sleep Apnea, and doctors, as part of the driver medical, are required to screen drivers for Sleep Apnea, and send them for testing if they feel a driver may have the condition. Studies are being commissioned by the FMCSA, and sometime in the future, it is quite possible to become a mandatory test for CMV drivers.

Dr. Melissa Adler will touch on what fatigue is, what sleep apnea is, how fatigue impacts one’s ability to perform safety sensitive duties, and how you can test for fatigue.

The ELD Mandate, are you ready?

As of December 18th of this year, any truck operating in the USA will be required to operate with an ELD. Those who have existing technology that is not compliant with the US standard, will have until December 16th of 2019 to come into compliance. Are you ready for the mandate? When will the mandate come into effect for Canadian only carriers? In this seminar, Mike Millian, the President of the PMTC, who has been involved with the consultations with Transport Canada on the upcoming ELD mandate for Canadian carriers, will bring attendee’s up to date on the ELD mandate, where the timelines sit, and what carriers need to know to ensure they are ready and compliant with the mandate on both sides of the border.

Register Now

Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register early by contacting Vanessa Cox at info@pmtc.ca. You can also register online at www.pmtc.ca.

Registration is just $50 for a PMTC and DriverCheck member, and $125.00 for a non-member. Location details will be provided upon registration.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsors are also being welcomed and start at only $500.00, if you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Vanessa for details.

About Our Presenter

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, M.D., C.C.F.P., M.R.O. (AAMRO), D.A.B.A.M.:
Chief Medical Review Officer, DriverCheck Inc.

Dr. Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck. Her background is in Family Medicine, but now works primarily in the field of Addiction Medicine. She has been providing Opioid Agonist Therapy in multiple practice settings throughout Ontario for the last sixteen years. Dr. Snider-Adler is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She is also certified as a Physician Practicing Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snider-Adler is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine. She was one of the authors of the 2011 Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines and continues to work as a Peer Assessor for the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario where she also sits on the Methadone Assessors Committee. Dr. Snider-Adler gives talks across Canada to companies, physicians and the community about workplace substance abuse and addiction prevention and treatment.

February 24th, 2017 | administrator

The Second Annual TTSAO Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario launches its second annual conference on February 15 & 16, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario. The agenda addresses the most important issues facing the Canadian trucking industry today, including the new the Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training (MELT) requirement.

The Second Annual TTSAO Conference

On July 1, 2017, the Ministry of Transportation launches the MELT program for those looking to become a Class A driver in Ontario. This is one of the major developments in the trucking industry this year and every company will benefit from learning more about the details and possible impacts. A panel discussion will educate attendees and discuss how this regulation affects the industry going forward.

The panel of experts includes David Goruk (Northbridge Insurance), Mike Millian (the Private Motor Truck Council), Garth Pitzel (Bison Transport), and Rolf VanderZwaag (the Ontario Trucking Association). John G. Smith (Today’s Trucking) will be the moderator.

Day 1’s agenda consists of the TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, TTSAO Annual General Meeting, and the TTSAO Industry Networking Event.

In addition to the MELT panel, Day 2 events include:

  • A second panel discussion on Rebuilding the Image of Trucking, moderated by David Genne (Georgia Trades Training Inc.), and featuring Chris Harris (Safety Dawg), Annie Kidder (People for Education), Jacquie Latham (Ontario School Counsellors Association), and Alyson Truax (Employment Ontario).
  • Kelly Henderson, the Executive Director of Trucking Human Resources Sector Atlantic hosts a must see presentation on Women in Trucking: Advancing Careers and Opportunities
  • Marijuana Unwrapped–Don’t Just Roll With It: Jeremy Thiel (DriverCheck Inc) provides an overview about the recent DriverCheck hosted marijuana seminar.
  • Claude Chaulk (Manitoulin Transport) moderating a TTSAO Graduates Driver Panel.
  • The Stan and Mike Show: Stan Campbell of Trucker Radio and Mike McCarron of Left Lane Associates discuss Mike’s 33 years of experience in the industry. Expect plenty of insights and enjoyable stories from one of the industry’s true mavericks.

In addition to those esteemed industry participants, the TTSAO Conference welcomes Heidi Francis, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Road User Safety Division, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Ms. Francis is representing the provincial government and speaking to attendees on Day 2.

Conference Links

Image: vitpho / 123RF Stock Photo

February 15th, 2017 | administrator

DriverCheck Added to TTSAO Agenda – Providing an Update on the “Marijuana Unwrapped” Seminar

February 9, 2017 [Hamilton, ON] – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) continues to release more details about their upcoming 2nd annual conference, “Striving for Excellence in Training”, scheduled for February 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga Ontario.

The TTSAO is very proud to announce that Jeremy Thiel from DriverCheck Inc. has been added to the agenda on Day 2 of the conference. Jeremy, the Brand Manager with DriverCheck, will be providing conference delegates with an update on their recent, sold out, Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll with It seminar.

“Many people are misinformed about marijuana when it comes to company policies, procedures and regulations in the workplace, particularly medicinal cannabis. We hosted the seminar with the intent to educate those involved in safety sensitive roles, such as transportation,” exclaims Jeremy.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Conference Chair, says “The conference committee is very excited to add Jeremy to our fantastic line-up of speakers. The Marijuana Unwrapped event was a fantastic seminar and we believe that Jeremy providing an update to the conference delegates will add even more value to everyone in attendance”.

“We field questions about marijuana on a daily basis. Over 400 people reached out to us regarding the event and the post-event feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are honoured to present at this year’s TTSAO event and hope the audience finds the information beneficial and applicable to their operation,” says Jeremy.

The conference is once again laid out in a two-day format; day one will include a TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, a TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only) followed followed by the Association’s Annual General Meeting which is open to all members and those who are thinking of joining. After the General Meeting, there will be a cocktail party and registrants will be able to visit companies and sponsors who are participating in the trade show. A full day of exciting presentations and panels will take place on Day 2.

Once again John G. Smith, Editor of Today’s Trucking, has agreed to serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Don’t miss out on this great event – TTSAO Members and Associate Members for only $199.00 plus HST per registrant and $249.00 plus HST for non-TTSAO Members.

The conference registration form, agenda, sponsorship details and more information are available at TTSAO.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

Jeremy Thiel – Brand Manager, DriverCheck Inc., jthiel@DriverCheck.ca

February 10th, 2017 | administrator

TTSAO 2017 “Striving For Excellence” Conference on February 15-16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2017 [Hamilton, ON] – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) continues to release details about their upcoming 2nd annual conference, “Striving for Excellence in Training”, scheduled for February 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario.

As part of their full 2-day conference the TTSAO has announced their Industry Networking Event which will take place on Wednesday February 15th at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Conference Chairperson, says “If you’re looking meet people in the trucking industry, see some industry friends or customers and meet and talk to some new ones all under one roof then the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Conference Centre in Mississauga is the place to be. The TTSAO is very excited to be hosting this event and I look forward to seeing many industry friends and representatives there”.

Join the TTSAO and enjoy some light snacks, a cocktail, mix and mingle in the trade show area with for hire and private carriers, association leaders, human resource professionals, staffing agencies, commercial truck school owners, government officials and industry service providers.

The Networking Event kicks off the TTSAO Annual Conference and runs from 5:30pm – 8:00pm and the cost to attend is $50.00. If you cannot attend the entire TTSAO Conference this gives you an opportunity to still participate.

Space is limited so to register please call (416) 623-5461.

The conference is once again laid out in a two-day format; Day 1 will include a TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, a TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only) followed by the Association’s Annual General Meeting which is open to all members and those who are thinking of joining. A full day of exciting presentations and panels will take place on Day 2.

Don’t miss out on this great event – TTSAO Members and Associate Members for only $199.00 plus HST per registrant and $249.00 plus HST for non-TTSAO Members.

The conference registration form, agenda, sponsorship details and more information are available at
TTSAO.com.

For more information, please contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1(800) 265-7173 or cell (416) 473-3986 or by email at ccharalambous@rogers.com

February 1st, 2017 | administrator

Fentanyl Testing Announcement

January 4, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever used in the treatment of severe pain and is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, with a shorter duration of action. It is prescribed in both tablet and transdermal patch forms, but can be obtained illegally through internet delivery in powder form as well. Fentanyl has a high risk for misuse, addiction and abuse. Fentanyl use in safety sensitive positions can be extremely dangerous.

DriverCheck strives to be the leading provider of workplace fitness for duty testing in Canada. As fentanyl usage has exploded across the country, DriverCheck is pleased to announce the expanded testing capabilities, which now includes fentanyl.

The potential for overdose with fentanyl is exceptionally high and increasing throughout Canada. Fentanyl can be found in heroin and in cocaine, which both increase the risks of overdose in an unsuspecting person. Opioid use can result in errors in judgment, memory loss, poor coordination and significant sedation – all of which can be unsafe for the employee as well as other colleagues and the community. Withdrawals that occur after use of opioids can be impairing and have an impact on the employee’s ability to work safely.

DriverCheck and our lab partners offer two convenient ways to test for fentanyl in urine:

• Laboratory based screening is performed by immunoassay at a cut-off threshold of 2 ng/mL. All non-negative specimens are confirmed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) yielding quantitative results at a cut-off threshold of 1 ng/mL. Confirmation testing includes fentanyl and metabolites norfentanyl, sufentanil and norsufentanil.

• Urine point of care devices are available to detect the presence of norfentanyl at a cut-off threshold of 20 ng/mL in urine. DriverCheck offers quantitative confirmation testing by LC/MS/MS at a cut-off threshold of 1 ng/mL to confirm non-negative results.

If you have any questions about fentanyl testing or would like to add fentanyl testing to your account, please contact the Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca.

Thank you,

DriverCheck Team

January 4th, 2017 | administrator