Executive Director Speaks at Wellpoint Conference

Work Better Safer 2016 DATAC’s Executive Director, Tim Salter, spoke recently at Wellpoint’s educational conference, Work Better Safer 2016, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Wellpoint conference hosted many esteemed speakers in the industry including Donna Bowyer from the Canadian Mental Health Association who spoke on the important topic of Destigmatizing Mental Health. Tim Salter first spoke … Continued

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Canada’s Cockpit Laws Questioned

Canada’s pilots adherence to the “8 hours from bottle to throttle” rule has come under some question recently as two Canadian pilots were pulled from duty in Scotland on suspicions of being intoxicated. This situation has brought some attention to the protocols surrounding Canadian pilots and what appropriate steps are being taken within the industry to … Continued

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Canada, isn’t it supposed to be safety first?

Points to Ponder about Random Drug Testing The use of random drug and alcohol testing within the workplace is a very hot topic right now and has caused a fair bit of debate amongst unions, employees and employers. The debate in regards to the efficacy and appropriateness of drug testing in the workplace is not … Continued

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Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) To Implement Random Drug Testing

In a surprising memo sent out early this week, the Toronto Transit Commission’s CEO Andy Byford informed employees that random drug and alcohol testing will begin once more. Although the TTC has been embroiled in a five year-long arbitration with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 with regard to their fitness-for-duty policy, they are moving forward … Continued

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DOT Random Pool Testing Rate Slashed in Half

Effective January 1, 2016 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the random pool size of drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is to be reduced by half. Currently, 50% off all all drivers must be randomly tested each year and as of 2016, only 25% … Continued

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Hair Testing to Become Part of DOT Drug Testing Programs

The United States Congress passed Act H.R.22 on December 4, 2015, which will include authorization of funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs. Included in this act is the authorization for employers to introduce pre-employment and random hair testing (random testing only if the employee was subjected to pre-employment hair testing) into … Continued

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eCCF – What is it and how can you use it

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now allowing the use of Electronic Custody and Control Forms (eCCF) instead of the traditional paper-based form. This is what you need to know. The idea of replacing paper-based Custody and Control Forms (CCF) with an electronic version is something that has been talked about for years – … Continued

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