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Get the latest news from DriverCheck and the industry. Plus, find links to relevant articles and expert commentary on workplace health and safety issues that affect your business.

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….      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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….      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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. On July…      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

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…      Continue Reading

PMTC Presents Third Party Contracts and Mandatory Entry Level Training

Dec. 13, 2016 [Milton, ON] – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced the next regional seminar in its ongoing series of cross country educational half day conferences. The next seminar will be held on Thursday, January 26th in Guelph, ON. The seminar will run from 8:30am to 11:30am and will cover two…      Continue Reading

SOLD OUT! Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

December 9, 2016 [AYR, ON] – DriverCheck Inc. announces that it will host an educational event titled “Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It” on Wed. Jan. 25 in Milton, ON. This open-platform discussion will feature industry experts presenting about the challenges of cannabis in the workplace and the potential impact for those in…      Continue Reading

Dr. Snider-Adler Appointed Chief Medical Review Officer

November 7, 2016 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler has been appointed to the role of Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck Inc. She has been with the company for the past nine years, and has been a valuable resource to our team of medical experts as a Medical Review Officer. Dr….      Continue Reading

Industry Biz and Breakfast Slated for October 4th in Milton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2016 [MILTON, ON] – Mark your calendar and call to register for free to attend an action-packed educational and networking opportunity for anyone in the trucking industry. Everyone says there’s no free lunch anymore, but there is a free breakfast and what’s even better is that it is going to…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2016 [AYR, ON] – DriverCheck Inc. is pleased to announce that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1996 by Dr. Chris Page and his wife, Dr. Mary-Jean Page, DriverCheck has grown to become Canada’s leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments in Canada. Without our…      Continue Reading

Dr. Kurtzer’s ‘Medical Marijuana and the Workplace’ Speaking Schedule

The use of medical marijuana is expected to increase dramatically in the near future. It is up to Canadian companies to educate themselves and prepare for the impact of cannabis in the workplace. Dr. Barry Kurtzer, a physician with more than thirty years of experience providing occupational health programs to employers, is recognized as one…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck Aligns with TransRep

March 22, 2016 [AYR, ON] In an exclusive deal DriverCheck Inc. (DC) has aligned with TransRep Inc. to assist in growing the DC brand. Since its inception in 1996, DC has grown to become Canada’s largest provider of workplace medical testing and assessments. Through this alignment, TransRep will strategically target for hire, private fleets and…      Continue Reading

FMCSA decision lowers random testing rates for carriers

December 24, 2015 AYR, ONTARIO – Low positive testing rates have prompted the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reduce the rate at which a US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated carrier must randomly test for drugs in a year, starting in 2016.  In a news release issued Monday the 21, the FMCSA announced that…      Continue Reading

U.S. to require Canadian commercial drivers with G (and potentially other class) licences to get medical exams

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation) is cracking down on Ontario cross-border commercial vehicle drivers holding non-commercial Class G licences who have not had pre-licensing and periodic commercial driver’s medical exams. Starting in April 2016, if you drive a vehicle (standalone or in tandem/combination) that’s…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck Featured in Canadian HR Reporter’s “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace”

DriverCheck’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Review Officer Dr. Barry Kurtzer was recently featured in a Canadian HR Reporter story on medical marijuana in the workplace. With medical marijuana use expected to increase substantially over the next decade, this story examines the new federal regulations around medical marijuana and outlines best practices for employers dealing…      Continue Reading

Owner Operator wins DriverCheck’s Harley Giveaway Contest

KITCHENER, ON – It took 35 years, but Lucian Stoica’s dream of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle has come true with the dragster appearing in his driveway earlier this month. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Stoica said in disbelief when he walked outside his house and saw the 2015 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout. Stoica,…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck attends Ontario Ministry of Labour strategy session

DriverCheck’s Medical Director, Dr. Barry Kurtzer provided the Ministry of Labour with some insight into occupational medicine issues at a strategy session on occupational health and safety and labour relations last week. “In the Occupational Health and Safety environment, regulatory and day-to-day operational issues facing employers, workers, and occupational health care providers are both ever…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck to take part in development of global alcohol and drug testing guidelines

The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and the oil and gas industry are developing global guidelines for contractor drug and alcohol testing programs and DriverCheck has been asked to participate in the process. “It will be our role to provide input from a Medical Review Officer perspective,” says Dr. Barry Kurtzer, DriverCheck’s Medical…      Continue Reading

New Transportation Clinic Offers No Wait and the Chance to Win a Harley

KITCHENER, July 14, 2014 – DriverCheck, a leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments, has become the first in Canada to offer drivers a unique transportation clinic with no wait for their provincial license or DOT-mirrored medical exams. The newly renovated clinic boasts three big screen TVs mounted on a wall in the waiting…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck’s Shannon Jacobi Becomes President-Elect of the AOHNA

DriverCheck is pleased to announce Shannon Jacobi, the Manager of our Remote Medical Services, is now the President-Elect of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association. Shannon was elected during the AOHNA’s annual general meeting at the association’s Symposium in Banff on May 30th. She will take over the position next year. Shannon says she is…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck Provides Input on Proposed Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse

We are pleased to announce that DriverCheck has provided the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with an official comment on its proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse. The proposed clearinghouse is a database under the FMCSA’s administration that will contain controlled substances (drug) and alcohol test result information for…      Continue Reading

Arbitration board upholds union position on random testing, in current form

THE DECISION The majority of a 3-member arbitration board in Alberta has ruled a random testing standard for unionized Suncor employees in safety sensitive at its operations in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) “in its present form” is unreasonable. In the ruling, board chair Tom Hodges says Suncor didn’t have enough evidence to…      Continue Reading

Survey Finds Employers are Preparing for Random Testing Decision

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA – A recent DriverCheck survey has found many employers in the Oil Sands are preparing for a decision expected soon in an outstanding arbitration case on random alcohol and drug testing in Alberta. In a poll of about 400 DriverCheck clients operating in Alberta, approximately 44 percent of respondents identifying themselves as…      Continue Reading

New Initial Screening Laboratory Opens in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – A newly certified testing facility in Edmonton could potentially improve DriverCheck’s turnaround times on negative lab-based test results for our clients in Alberta. Gamma-Dynacare, DriverCheck’s designated drug testing laboratory, received certification this month from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide toxicology screening services at its laboratory in…      Continue Reading

FMCSA will go through formal rulemaking process to make sleep apnea recommendations mandatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will require a formal rulemaking process be followed in order for sleep apnea screening to become mandatory for American commercial vehicle drivers. The bill was prompted by the U.S. trucking industry’s fears that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would issue a guidance…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck extends a thank you to Canada’s truck drivers

AYR, ONTARIO, September 1, 2013 – In recognition of National Trucking Week, DriverCheck is thanking Canada’s drivers and their employers for their significant contribution to our country. With your drivers at the wheel, international trade is rolling. The most recently published statistics show that our country’s carriers transported about 225 billion tonne-kilometres of freight in…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck Inc. Launches New Website

AYR, ONTARIO, August 30, 2013 – DriverCheck Inc. is proud to announce the launch of its new website, designed to reflect the company’s new service offerings and keep its clients informed of industry developments and insights. “One of the goals is to educate our clients,” says Connor Page, DriverCheck’s Business Development Manager. “There are a…      Continue Reading

The SCC leaves the door open to random testing where there is proof of a problem

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, June 16, 2013 – A precedent-setting Supreme Court of Canada decision has reinforced previous rulings that random drug or alcohol testing may be allowed in certain workplaces where there is evidence of enhanced safety risks, such as evidence of a general problem with substance abuse in the workplace. The SCC has also reaffirmed…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck’s designated laboratory expands

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, October 25, 2012 – A new testing facility planned for Edmonton, Alberta in the fall of 2012 has the potential to improve turnaround times on lab-based tests for DriverCheck clients in the region. Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories says the facility will provide toxicology screening services to the oil and gas sector and other industries…      Continue Reading

K2/Spice (synthetic marijuana) and bath salts

Several DriverCheck clients are starting to inquire about the prevalence of K2/Spice in Canada, and whether certified laboratories have the ability to test for synthetic cannabis (currently, no lab in Canada can perform this test). K2 or Spice is a mix of herbs, spices or shredded plant material that is often sprayed with a synthetic…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck sponsors Harley giveaway

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, June 30, 2012 – DriverCheck would like to congratulate Casey from PERI Scaffold Services in Edmonton on being the lucky winner of a brand new Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback FLD at this year’s Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference. As a major sponsor of the giveaway, DriverCheck had the honour of presenting the…      Continue Reading

Random employee drug and alcohol testing proven effective in Canada

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, June 27, 2012 – Research shows Alberta oil companies are on the right track with a new pilot project that requires employees be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol. Recently, three Alberta-based oil companies announced they would be adopting the practice on a trial basis, and while union representatives claim it’s ineffective,…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck acquires OSAD and Canada Wide Mobile

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, May 31, 2011 – DriverCheck announced today that it has acquired OSAD and Canada Wide Mobile as it continues to expand its presence in the workplace medical testing market. “Our acquisition of these companies strengthens the DriverCheck service offering in many ways,” says Connor Page, DriverCheck’s Business Development Manager. “It gives us…      Continue Reading

DriverCheck partners with MedSleep to provide sleep apnea testing and fatigue management

AYR, ONTARIO, October 31, 2010 – DriverCheck is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Canada’s top sleep experts to help employers address the issue of fatigue – a serious concern in safety-sensitive work environments. MedSleep is widely experienced in the field of sleep disorders medicine, and DriverCheck is a leading provider of workplace…      Continue Reading