DriverCheck’s 2nd annual Fitness for Duty Summit is being held in Edmonton, Alberta on October 2 and 3. Last year over 350 people attended the inaugural event in Milton, Ontario, and we expect this year to be even bigger!
Work Safe for the Moments That Matter
This two-day educational event will address workplace challenges that employers must navigate to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for their staff and the general public. This year’s program will address a variety of fitness for duty program considerations from both a physical and mental health perspective.
The objective of this event is to provide valuable information and resources to employers so that they can put actionable items in place to build a healthier and safer workplace.
Topics covered will include:
Hear about the journey of a recovered addict (our Keynote)
Updates on recent alcohol and drug rulings
Cannabis - a year after legalization, and what we’ve learned in the workplace
Police enforcement of drug impaired driving
A discussion about the future of Fitness for Duty Testing
Mental health in the workplace
Opioid epidemic in Canada
Advice on how to manage injuries in the workplace
How to make the most out of your pre-employment medical
Maximizing your EAP and SAP programs
Get certification for Alcohol and Drug Supervisor Training
What is Fitness for Duty?
Fitness for duty programs differ from company to company, but typically includes a form of medical examination(s) of a current employee/candidate to determine whether the employee/candidate is physically or psychologically able to perform the job (such as alcohol and drug testing, pre-placement medicals, audiograms, mask fit tests, etc.). It is through these medical tests and assessments that an opinion is formed to determine if the employee/candidate may have a condition that could prevent them from performing the job's essential functions, or inability to perform it safely.
Space is limited, and tickets will be approved on a first come, first serve basis. The price of admission is $625 plus applicable taxes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days, and in the evening of October 2, we will be hosting a social gathering. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Edmonton South, which is the same location that the summit is being held.
To register for this event, visit: https://fitnessfordutysummit2019.eventbrite.ca
Below is a detailed overview of the agenda and topics that will be covered.
Removing the Mask: Creating Wellness in the Workplace
Allan Kehler, Out From the Shadows Consulting
Examine the impact that mental health has on the individual, the workplace, and society as a whole
Understand how to approach and support individuals who are experiencing distress
Examine the relationship that exists between performance and stress
Review strategies that promote personal and professional wellness
Cannabis in the Workplace: 1 Year Later
Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, DriverCheck Inc.
Legal cannabis – what will change on October 17, 2019?
What changes have workplaces seen since legalization?
Update on cannabis for medical purposes in 2019
Update on current literature
Update on managing cannabis for medical purposes in the workplace
Drug testing in the face of all that is changing with recreational cannabis
Police Enforcement of Drug Impaired Driving
Corporal Richard Nowak, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
COMPARE: Alcohol and Cannabis
PROVIDE: Canadian Context to Traffic Safety
DEFINE: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST)
DEFINE: Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
INTRODUCE: DRE Process
OUTLINE: The Future of Impaired Driving
Continuing the Quest for an Impairment Test
Connor Page, DriverCheck Inc. and PJ Barclay, DriveABLE
What is impairment?
Which fitness for duty technologies have the most promise?
DriverCheck’s approach with these emerging technologies
DriverCheck’s and DriveABLE’s joint study
DriveABLE to present the initial findings of this study
Implications for Company Alcohol and Drug Policies
Barbara Butler, Barbara Butler & Associates Inc.
JD Irving Supreme Court – random testing
Elk Valley Coal Supreme Court – importance of prevention initiatives
ATCO Electric Court of Queen’s Bench – post incident testing
Lower Churchill Transmission Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador – accommodating medical cannabis
Healthy Minds, Healthy Workplace – Psychological Health & Safety in Your Organization
Paul Radkowski – Life Recovery Program
Leave with a greater awareness and understanding of mental health, addiction issues and what can be done about it
How to identify some of the signs/symptoms of mental health/addiction issues and understanding what it's like to "walk in the other person's shoes"
Identify some of the basic brain/biological underpinnings of what leads to someone developing mental health/addiction issues and its medical consequences
How to identify the signs of workplace Burn Out, its main contributors and why its becoming a huge problem
Understand the responsibilities for employers – simple do's, don'ts and how to get support
Opioid Use & Workplace Safety
Dr. Iris Greenwald, DriverCheck Inc.
Prescribed versus recreational opioids
Physical effects of opioid use
Opioid use vs abuse vs dependence
Drug testing options
Opioid Substitution Treatments (e.g. methadone, buprenorphine)
Fitness for duty concerns
Injury Management: Easing the Pain
Dr. Gerhard Benadé, DriverCheck Inc.
Prevention failed – now what?
WCB life of a claim
How everybody wins with quality Injury Management services
Remote ≠poor outcomes – telemedicine
Who needs insurance?
Making the Most of your Employee Assistance and Substance Abuse Programs
Paul Gardiner, Essential Organizational Services
How do these different and distinct programs (EFAP and SAP) achieve similar goals of promoting health and wellness?
Know the fundamental differences between these programs to understand when – and where –to refer employees
Get an inside look at these sessions to understand what employees will experience “behind closed doors” when enrolled in one of these services
How to set up and evaluate these services so they optimally meet the requirements of your unique organization
Determining Fitness for Duty and the Pre-Employment Medical
Dr. Jonathan Davids, DriverCheck Inc.
What is a pre-employment medical, and why do it?
What does fit for duty mean?
Using pre-placement exams to reduce injuries and costs
Using pre-placement exams to meet the duty to accommodate
Supervisor Training (Reasonable Cause) Summary
Chris Wilkinson, Program Consultant, DriverCheck Inc.
Overview of a Company Drug and Alcohol Workplace Policy
Signs and Symptoms of Misuse and Potential Health Effects
Determining Reasonable Cause/Suspicion
Step 1: Observe
Step 2: Confirm
Step 3: Document
Step 4: Meet
Step 5: Testing
Dos and Don’ts for supervisors
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kristen Gouveia, Marketing Coordinator, at kgouveia@DriverCheck.ca.