“Take Control” theme resonates with participants looking to promote a healthy and safe work environment
Ayr, Ont., November 1, 2021 - DriverCheck, the leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments, virtually hosted its fourth annual Fitness for Duty Summit, October 5-6, 2021. Under the theme “Take Control”, the summit focused on empowering employers to implement effective methods to regain safety and control in the workplace. A total of close to 200 participants attended the 13 professional development sessions and keynote presentations from renowned healthcare professionals and speakers including DriverCheck’s Chief Medical Review Officer, and addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, mental health advocate, international keynote speaker and best-selling author Allan Kehler, and Dr. Jonathan Davids, Corporate Medical Director at DriverCheck and spokesperson for COVIDdetect, the company’s newest health and safety business service.
“We went from Inspiring Change in 2020 to Take Control in 2021, and the transition in themes could not have been more relevant in these uncertain times," said Connor Page, Vice President of Strategy at DriverCheck. "Employers, HR leaders and health and wellness professionals play an incredible role in fostering a healthy and productive corporate culture and working environment. And with all the changes and challenges around us today, we need to stick together to discuss what works and inspire ourselves to succeed in our respective jobs. Bringing together so many people to share thoughts on how to create a healthier and safer workplace is a truly magical experience. We’re delighted by the preliminary feedback.”
The Fitness for Duty Summit 2021 keynote speakers included:
- Connor Page who opened the summit by paying tribute to the late Dr. Chris Page, the Founder of DriverCheck.
- Allan Kehler focused on mental health in his session on “Mental Health: Finding Your Voice; How to Stop Suffering in Silence and Create an Attitude of Resilience”. Kehler is a wellness coach, mental health advocate, international keynote speaker and best-selling author of four books.
- Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler discussed CBD and prescribed medications in her session on “ABCs of CBD” on day one and “Medication Navigation: Managing Prescribed Medications in Safety-Sensitive Workplaces” the final day. As part of Dr. Snider-Adler’s role as Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck, she has authored and contributed to guidance documents advising organizations and employers on organizational risks during COVID-19.
- Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell engaged participants on cannabis impairment in her session “Emerging Approaches for Assessing Cannabis Impairment and the Complications of Tolerance” on the first day. Dr. Brooks-Russell’s current research investigates cannabis impaired driving and public health effects of cannabis legalization.
- Dr. Jonathan Davids focused on workplace safety in his session entitled “Business Considerations for Workplace Safety During the Pandemic” on day two. As Corporate Medical Director at DriverCheck, Dr. Davids has been directly involved in conducting COVID-19 testing and has overseen more than 500,000 COVID-19 lab-based, rapid on-site PCR and antigen tests for employers across Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, including testing done for migrant farm works, truckers and the general public on behalf of Ontario Health.
- Trish Tutton discussed how to develop the mindset to thrive in her session “Mindful Resilience: Developing the Mindset to Thrive, No Matter What!” on day two. As a speaker and mindfulness teacher, Tutton has taught the skills to live and work happier to thousands of professionals.
For more details on Fitness for Duty Summit, or to stay informed on next year's summit, visit DriverCheck.ca/aboutffds.
For information on COVIDdetect, DriverCheck’s innovative web-based program management software and testing service, visit COVIDdetect.ca.
As Canada’s Fitness for Duty experts, DriverCheck’s company-wide purpose is to build a safer and healthier world. Founded in 1996, DriverCheck is the leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments in Canada serving thousands of employers in a variety of industries including transportation, oil and gas, aviation, rail, mining, construction, healthcare, manufacturing and forestry. DriverCheck conducts hundreds of thousands of medical tests annually, offering alcohol and drug testing, COVID-19 testing, occupational health services, medical cannabis review services, medical staffing, and injury management programs. The company is committed to being an educational leader in the fitness for duty sector. For more information, visit DriverCheck.ca.
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