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Substance Abuse in the Workplace Seminar

Date: October 17 2012

Presented by Worksite NEWS, Canada’s premier occupational health,
Safety and environment E-Magazine
Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre
4404 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5C2
Toll Free: 1-800-661-1122
Attendees will include Safety Supervisors, Human Resources Professionals,
Business Leaders, Occupational Health Care Professionals
Registration- 8:00 am, presentations start at 8:45 am – 4:30 pm. Question period to follow each session
Ed Secondiak- President ECS Safety Services Ltd.
Session 1-
Evolution of drug and alcohol testing in Canada- Historical practices - Industry trends - Best practices
Session 2 -
Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace - Is you program working and how do you measure success - What are the Standards for testing? - Punishment or offer of help?? What works?
Bio: Ed founded ECS Safety Services Ltd. in 1995 after retiring from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Ed has been involved in all aspects of drug and alcohol testing across Canada including providing successful Expert Evidence in legal proceedings.
Pat Atkins/Administrator- Alberta's Drug and Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project (DARRPP)
Session 3-
The Drug & Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project is an Alberta safety initiative for oil sands operations and industrial construction and maintenance. Participants in the pilot will implement comprehensive alcohol and drug programs including random testing, and provide data for an evaluation with the intent of enhancing processes and practices. Pat Atkins, Administrator of the Alcohol & Drug Risk Reduction Pilot Project, will provide an overview of the purpose and objectives of the pilot as well as the current status, participation, logistics and communication planning.
Bio: Pat is currently the Drug & Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project Administrator (DARRPP), a pilot project with participants in oil sands operations, and contractors and labour in heavy industrial maintenance and construction, which is being implemented in Alberta. Pat previously worked for Syncrude Canada Ltd for over 30 years, retiring in 2009 from her position as an HR Manager.
Margarita Lara- Canadian Mental Health Association - Mental Illness Awareness
Session 4-
* Common types of mental illnesses
* How the stigma of mental illness effects people in their communities and workplaces
* Basic tips for providing initial help and support to someone with a mental health disorder
* Community resources for people affected by mental health problems
Illnesses Covered
-Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder
-Anxiety Disorders: Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Psychotic Disorders: Schizophrenia
-Eating Disorders: Bulimia, Anorexia, Compulsive Over-Eating
Crystal Cleland- Alberta Health Services: Addictions and Mental Health/ Prevention and Health Promotion.
Session 5-
* The impact of substance abuse on workplace health and safety
*Strategies to prevent and deal with substance abuse in the workplace
* Resources and supports available for workplace leaders, the employee, co workers and family members 
$275 +GST per person including lunch
Sponsorships and display tables are available
For more information call toll free: 1-888-430-6405
Jeff Morrow
Worksite NEWS

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