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New Drug Testing Panel to be Implemented on June 4

May 31, 2018 [Ayr, ON] – Please be advised that DriverCheck will be implementing an expanded opioid testing panel for lab-based drug tests for all of our clients effective as of June 4, 2018.

Highlights:

All clients will be moved to the new expanded opioid panel for any lab-based testing effective June 4, 2018;

Details:

Earlier this year, we advised all DriverCheck clients that the Department of Transportation (DOT) expanded the drug testing panel to include four new opioids (oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone) in an effort to improve safety and to assist those impacted by the opioid crisis. The regulation change has also resulted in more comprehensive Medical Review Officer (MRO) requirements.

We have already made the necessary changes for DOT regulated programs to be in compliance with the new regulations, which were effective as of January 1, 2018. We are now mirroring this regulatory change with programs that are not regulated by the DOT.

The reasoning behind this is threefold:

1. The DOT is the gold standard in North America for laboratory-based urine drug testing programs.
2. We anticipate the Canadian Model will be incorporating this change into their next version coming out shortly (for those companies that follow it).
3. The laboratory will be making the old 5 panel test obsolete in the future.

Lab-based Urine Testing

Below is a list of the revisions to be implemented in the existing lab-
based urine drug test panel. Please note that this extended panel will reference ‘opioids’ instead of what is currently referred to as ‘opiates’, effective as of June 4, 2018.

The opioid testing panel will now also include:

Below is the list of the old standard 5 panel lab-based urine drug test cut-off levels versus the newly introduced cut-off levels for opioids. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your drug testing program includes more substances than noted in the above chart, there are no changes to those drug panels and cut-off levels will remain the same.

Lab-based urine panel names will now be reported as follows:

Old Panel Name New Panel Name
5 Panel + OXY 5 Panel
5 Panel+BAR+BEN+MET+PRO+OXY 5 Panel+BAR+BEN+MET+PRO

 

POCT Urine Testing

We are currently working with the laboratory to determine when the new extended opioid testing panel will be available for urine point of care testing (POCT). We will send a communication in the future explaining options once details are confirmed.

If your company would like to stay as consistent as possible with the new DOT drug testing panel, at this time you are able to add only oxycodone to your POCT urine testing program.

If you would like to add oxycodone to your POCT urine testing panel, please contact our Client Support Group to have this set up.

Please note that if a POCT test is non-negative for opioids, the confirmation only includes the analyte(s) that tested non-negative on the POCT test.

The POCT urine testing kits will remain the same, but the panel names will now be reported as follows:

Old Panel Name New Panel Name
5 Panel 7 Panel Urine POCT
5 Panel + OXY 8 Panel Urine POCT
5 Panel + FEN 7 Panel + Fentanyl Urine POCT
5 Panel + OXY + FEN 8 Panel + Fentanyl Urine POCT

 

Oral Fluid (Saliva) Lab-based Testing

To keep in harmony with lab-based urine testing and the extended opioid panel, effective as of June 4, 2018 oral fluid (saliva) lab-based testing will include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone.

Oxymorphone is not currently available for the oral fluid lab-based testing panel, but we will make an announcement once the laboratory can accommodate this request.

Please note that results from oral fluid (saliva) lab-based testing will be reported as ‘opioids’ instead of what is currently reported as ‘opiates’.

Hair Follicle Testing

Please note that results from hair follicle testing will be reported as ‘opioids’ instead of what is currently reported as ‘opiates’.

Hair follicle testing will continue to test for all opioids that are included in the new standard 5 panel lab-based urine drug test.

Alcohol and Drug Testing Policy

In preparation of these changes, we strongly encourage you to review your existing alcohol and drug policy to see how it may be impacted by these changes.

We recommend that your policy references only the drug classes vs. specific drugs or cut-off levels. We advise you to follow up with your legal counsel or policy provider to make any necessary updates.

If you have any questions about the changes noted above, please don’t hesitate to contact Client Support at (800) 463-4310, option 6, or by email at ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

May 31st, 2018 | administrator

“Cannabis in the Workplace” Educational Seminar Visits Calgary

April. 13, 2018 [Calgary, AB] – Medical cannabis authorizations continue to increase at an alarming rate across Canada, and with the legalization of cannabis scheduled for 2018, concerns are being raised regarding the impact this will have on employees and the workplace.

Join us for this educational seminar about “Cannabis in the Workplace”, on Wed. May 2 in Calgary, AB. This will be an open discussion highlighting the challenges employers may face with the evolving landscape of medical cannabis and pending legalization.

The price of registration is $50 + applicable taxes per ticket.

To register please follow this link: Cannabis in the Workplace

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kristen Gouveia, Marketing Coordinator at kgouveia@drivercheck.ca.

 

 


Date: Wed. May 2, 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Location: Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, 2620 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB

Agenda

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Welcome & Registration!

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Opening Remarks

10:15 am – 11:45 am: Cannabis in the Workplace

Chris Wilkinson, Program Consultant, DriverCheck Inc.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Navigating the Complexity of Medical Cannabis Accommodation

Shelly Bischoff, Founder and Director, Ptolemy & Associates Inc.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Closing Remarks


 

April 13th, 2018 | administrator

Now Open Saturdays!

March 1, 2018 [Edmonton, AB] – We are pleased to announced that starting on March 10, DriverCheck will have 2 of our Alberta clinics open on Saturdays!

Edmonton West Clinic

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Fort McMurray Clinic

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

March 1st, 2018 | administrator

Agenda Announced for PMTC 2018 Conference and AGM

January 26, 2018 [Milton, ON] – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has announced the full agenda and schedule for its 2018 Conference.

“Each year those who attend the PMTC Annual Conference tell us it is one of the best educational and networking values they receive in the transportation industry. We believe this year’s line up of speakers continues to build on that reputation”, says PMTC President, Mike Millian. 

The conference will kick off the afternoon of June 13th with the Annual General Meeting for the membership.

On the evening of the 13th, Volvo Trucks Canada will host the PMTC Young Leaders Group Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception for conference sponsors, speakers, the PMTC Board of Directors and all PMTC Young Leaders Group members. Last year the pre-conference reception was attended in record numbers. This year the reception will be held in the Sponsors Exhibitors’ Showcase area to provide more value to our conference partners and those who attend the pre-conference cocktail reception.

On June 14th, starting at 8 am, the educational portion of the conference will begin and continue into the 15th.  Mixed in with this will be the PMTC awards program as well as several networking opportunities.

A schedule of topics and events is listed below, and the full brochure with details and registration is up on the PMTC website at www.pmtc.ca.

This year’s conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza-Fallsview, in Niagara Falls, ON.

Registration opened on January 2nd. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, you may also email Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call the office at 905-827-0587.

June 14th

Seminar I – A Legal Update

Seminar IICMV ON-ROAD SAFETY, AN OFFICERS PERSEPCTIVE  

Seminar IIIYLG PANEL & DRIVEN TO LEAD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

PMTC Young Leaders Education Bursary
Up to two PMTC Young Leaders will be awarded with the PMTC Young Leaders Education Bursary, which provides funds to cover two of the four courses offered from CITT that comprise the “PMTC Logistics Management Graduate Program”.  

Exhibitors’ Showcase
Visit with our conference exhibitors and network with fellow registrants.  Meet old friends, make some new ones, and see products and services that can make your fleet more effective.

PMTC – CPC Logistics Canada Driver Hall of Fame Luncheon
Every year we induct up to four professional drivers who have compiled outstanding safety records over the course of their career.   Recognizing their individual achievements is always a conference highlight.

Seminar IVINTRODUCTION TO THE 2018 PMTC BENCHMARKING SURVEY & A USA REGULATORY UPDATE

Seminar VACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS: PRESERVING EVIDENCE & PREPARING FOR LITIGATION USING FORENSIC EXPERTS

Exhibitors’ Showcase
An opportunity to network with your peers, continue conversations, and visit with exhibitors during our reception before the Chairman’s Dinner.

Chairman’s Dinner: PMTC-AVIVA Private Fleet Safety Awards
Recognizing private fleets with exceptional safety records is an important part of the conference.  Join us for the presentation of the 2018 awards and dine with the private fleet community.

PMTC-KRTS Driver Training Scholarship

Fleets can’t achieve amazing safety records without qualified and trained drivers. After the Fleet Safety awards conclude, we will award one lucky PMTC member with the PMTC-KRTS Driver Training Scholarship. The recipient will receive the funds to cover a 200-hour TTSAO or PTDI Certified Professional Truck Driver course.

June 15th

Breakfast: PMTC-3M VEHICLE GRAPHICS AWARDS
Following breakfast you’ll be treated to a video display of some of the best truck graphics to be found anywhere. These fleets are proud of their image, as they should be. Always a highlight of the conference!

 RICK AUSTIN MEMORIAL DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD- SPONSORED BY CPC LOGISTICS CANADA

Right after the conclusion of the Graphics awards we will present our inaugural Rick Austin Dispatcher of the year recipient. Dispatchers are an integral part of any fleet, and one that is often overlooked.

Seminar VI – CARGO THEFT- HIGHWAY ROBBERY- AN ORGANIZED CRIME PERSPECTIVE

Seminar VII – SOCIAL MEDIA INVESTIGATIONS

January 26th, 2018 | administrator

Season’s Greetings & Happy Holidays from everyone at DC!

May your holiday season be filled with family, food & laughter.

December 22nd, 2017 | administrator

“Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It” Educational Seminar Goes to Calgary

Why the interest?

Sept. 26, 2017 [Calgary, AB] – Medical cannabis authorizations continue to increase at an alarming rate across Canada, and with the legalization of cannabis scheduled for 2018, concerns are being raised regarding the impact this will have on employees and the workplace.

Join us for “Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It”, on Tues. Oct. 24 in Calgary, AB, for an open-platform discussion that will feature industry experts presenting about the challenges of cannabis in the workplace. Presentation topics will include workplace drug policies, the effects of cannabis on one’s duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal/human rights considerations when implementing testing programs.

An open forum panel discussion will follow the presentations which will be moderated by Pat Atkins of Alberta’s Drug and Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project (DARRPP) and include panel guests Paul de Jong of Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and Mike Middlebrook from WestJet, in addition to our speakers.

This is your chance to learn from leading authorities about workplace challenges of cannabis, and hear real life stories of others in related industries, that share similar issues to you.

And when we say limited space available, we really mean it! Our last meeting sold out in 45 minutes!

The price of registration is $75 + applicable taxes per ticket.

To register please follow this link: Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jeremy Thiel at jthiel@DriverCheck.ca.

Date:                                   Tues. Oct. 24, 2017

Time:                                   8:30am – 1:30pm

Location:                            Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, 2620 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB

Agenda:                              Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

8:00am – 8:30am:            Coffee and Networking

8:30am – 8:35am:            Welcome!

8:35am – 9:20am:           Facing the Challenge of Marijuana in the Workplace

Barbara Butler, Barbara Butler & Associates Inc. Management Consultants

9:20am – 10:05am:          Canadian Cannabis Craze

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, Chief Medical Review Officer, DriverCheck Inc.

10:05am – 10:20am:        Break

10:20am – 11:05am:        Marijuana and Workplace Considerations

Anca Turta, Counsel, Imperial Oil Ltd.

11:05am – 11:50am:        Cannabis in the Workplace – Panel Discussion

Moderated by Pat Atkins, DARRPP Administrator, DARRPP

Guest speakers joined by:

Paul de Jong, President, PCA

Mike Middlebrook, Manager – Alcohol & Drug Program, WestJet

11:50am – Noon:             Wrap Up!

Noon – 1:00pm:               Lunch, Draw for Prizes and Networking

 

 

September 26th, 2017 | administrator

DOT Proposes Changes to Drug Testing Panel

August 28, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued notice of proposed rulemaking – NPRM – to revise Part 40 to harmonize with the revised Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Urine, which is expected to be effective October 1, 2017.

There are two primary changes to the HHS Mandatory Guidelines to which this notice proposes to harmonize Part 40.

First, is the expansion of the standard drug testing panel to now include four additional Schedule II prescription medications: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

Second, is to remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte from the existing drug-testing panel and add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte.

In addition to harmonizing with pertinent sections of the HHS Mandatory Guidelines for urine testing, it is also proposed that NPRM will modify (for clarification) certain existing Part 40 provisions that cover the handling of urine specimens; to remove provisions that no longer are necessary (such as obsolete compliance dates); and to add clarifying language to other provisions (such as updated definitions and web links where necessary). DOT also proposes to remove existing Part 40 requirements related to blind specimen testing.

We encourage you to review your existing alcohol and drug policy to see how it may be impacted by these changes.

We suspect most policies are broad enough to accommodate these changes. For example, many policies simply reference the 5 classes of drugs tested (which have not changed), rather than referencing each specific drug tested within the 5 classes and referencing the specific cut off levels. In this case, no policy change would be necessary.

Even if your company is not subject to DOT regulations, it is still a good idea to consider incorporating these changes, as the DOT program is viewed as the gold standard in alcohol and drug testing programs.

Please note that these changes apply to lab-based urine drug testing only. We are currently working with the laboratory to determine if the proposed extended opiate testing panel will be available for point of care testing (POCT) as well.

Our goal is to keep our clients informed of any expected revision that will affect their alcohol and drug testing program. Once DOT confirms that these changes are being implemented, we will send further communication regarding specific changes to programs.

In the short term, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Client Support at (800) 463-4310, Ext 6, or by email at ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca.

August 28th, 2017 | administrator

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