PMTC to Host Next Re­gional Sem­i­nar in Cal­gary

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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 sem­i­nar in Cal­gary will be held on Wed­nes­day, May 17th from 8:30am to 11:30am. It will cover three top­ics that are at the fore­front of the Truck­ing In­dus­try : Mar­i­juana in the Work­place, Sleep Ap­nea and an ELD Up­date.

“Cana­dian Cannabis Craze, Mar­i­juana in the work­place”

Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana au­tho­ri­sa­tions con­tinue to in­crease at an alarm­ing rate across Canada, and with the fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing its in­ten­tion to le­galise mar­i­juana in the near fu­ture, con­cerns are be­ing raised re­gard­ing the im­pact this will have on em­ploy­ees and the work­place, es­pe­cially when it comes to safety sen­si­tive po­si­tions. The job of a Pro­fes­sional CMV op­er­a­tor is one of th­ese safety sen­si­tive po­si­tions, whose work­place is shared with not only em­ploy­ees, but the pub­lic.

Dr. Melissa Snider-adler, Chief Med­i­cal re­view of­fi­cer for Drivercheck Inc, will pro­vide up to date in­for­ma­tion on Mar­i­juana in the work­place, and what com­pa­nies can do to pro­tect them­selves.

“Sleep Ap­nea, Fa­tigue Man­age­ment”

The un­der­stand­ing of fa­tigue has been evolv­ing quickly over the last few years. Fa­tigue is more read­ily be­ing recog­nised as an im­pair­ment that is just as dan­ger­ous as driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol. A fa­tigued driver sim­ply will not have the same re­ac­tion time as a well rested driver, and fa­tigue is one of the lead­ing causes of CMV ac­ci­dents. Sleep Ap­nea is a com­mon dis­or­der in which you have one or more pauses in breath­ing or shal­low breaths while you sleep. Stud­ies have in­di­cated that as many as 1/3 of CMV drivers have Sleep Ap­nea.

Dr. Melissa Adler will touch on what fa­tigue is, what sleep ap­nea is, how fa­tigue im­pacts one’s abil­ity to per­form safety sen­si­tive duties, and how you can test for fa­tigue.

The ELD Man­date, are you ready?

As of De­cem­ber 18th of this year, any truck op­er­at­ing in the USA will be re­quired to op­er­ate with an ELD. Those who have ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy that is not com­pli­ant with the US stan­dard, will have un­til De­cem­ber 16th of 2019 to come into com­pli­ance. Are you ready for the man­date? When will the man­date come into ef­fect for Cana­dian only car­ri­ers? In this sem­i­nar, Mike Mil­lian, the Pres­i­dent of the PMTC, who has been in­volved with the con­sul­ta­tions with Trans­port Canada on the up­com­ing ELD man­date for Cana­dian car­ri­ers, will bring at­tendee’s up to date on the ELD man­date, where the time­lines sit, and what car­ri­ers need to know to en­sure they are ready and com­pli­ant with the man­date on both sides of the border.

Reg­is­ter Now

Space is lim­ited, so peo­ple are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter early by con­tact­ing Vanessa Cox at [email protected] ca. You can also reg­is­ter on­line at www.pmtc.ca. Reg­is­tra­tion is just $50 for a PMTC and Drivercheck mem­ber, and $125.00 for a non-mem ber.

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