Lead Researcher for Definitions, Dr. Farrell Cahill participates in IADC conference panel discussion

This past February, during a panel discussion at the International Association of Drilling Contractors Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference Exhibition in Houston, Texas, the topic of worker safety on offshore rigs was addressed.  The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is an annual forum for oil & gas drilling industry stakeholders to connect, share knowledge, tackle common problems, and develop solutions to critical issues.

Lead researcher for Definitions Health and Wellness, Dr. Farrell Cahill, sat on the panel as a recognized leader in the field of obesity, diabetes and exercise physiology in Canada.  Through his expertise in genetics, endocrinology and human physiology, Dr. Cahill explores the aetiology and management of both obesity and diabetes to improve occupational health and performance.  Along with 16 years of research experience, he has published 26 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 45 abstracts at national and/or international conferences.

At the IADC Conference in Houston, Dr. Cahill focused on how we are among the only vendors in the world to be developing Physical Employment Standards (PES) using a Bona Fide Occupation Requirement (BFOR) based approach in the oil and gas industry.  Today, there is a great deal of research looking at the metabolic demands of self and/or casualty based evacuations for firefighters but, there is no data on the metabolic demands of self and/or casualty evacuation from an offshore oil and gas platform environment.

The consequences of employing physically unfit individuals for a physically demanding job in the offshore oil and gas industry can be costly, both in human and in economic terms.  A good physical employment standard (PES) ensures that individuals are able to undertake essential tasks.  Physical health standards help to decrease the potential for injury at work and facilitate an employment selection method that is fair and unbiased, based on ability, not gender, age, or otherwise.  If there is potential for an incident in the work place requiring evacuation, such as exists on offshore drilling and production platforms, it is critically important to ensure that all staff are physically capable of self-evacuation.

The IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference Exhibition panel discussion was discussed in this article by Valerie Jones, on rigzone.com.

Definitions Launches Weight Wellness Program

Definitions is pleased to announce St. John’s only medically supervised weight wellness program designed to help clients achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Click here for more info

Definitions awarded PES testing contract for Hibernia and Hebron

Definitions is excited to announce the award of the Physical Employment Standards Testing for ExxonMobil operations in Newfoundland. This contract consists of the testing of physical fitness of offshore workers in various self rescue and fire team simulations. The testing protocol was develop by Dr. Farrell Cahill from Definitions as well as our colleagues at Memorial University. Ongoing research with Falck Safety will provide increased understanding of how the physical fitness of workers impacts their ability to perform during escape and survival situations.

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State of the Art Wellness Facility Opens in St. John’s


August 30, 2016ST-JOHNS, NFLD. Definitions Health and Wellness opens comprehensive state of the art wellness facility, the only one of its kind in Newfoundland.

Definitions, a St. John’s based wellness company opens a facility that provides clients with a comprehensive approach to improving and maintaining their health.  The clinic includes specialists in various fields of therapy such as acupuncture, massage and physio.  Along with their extensive experience in kinesiology, dietetic service and fitness they also provide preventative health assessments conducted by a physician as well as disability case management. This is the first facility of its kind in Newfoundland to offer fitness, therapy and physician services all under one roof, to improve general health, rehabilitate from injuries and prevent illnesses.

Definitions expansion of their service offering in St. John’s allows the team at Definitions to work simultaneously on their rehabilitation patients, creating a holistic approach to care and giving them the opportunity to provide the most effective treatment plan for recovering from their injuries and illness.  For the general population, the team focuses on creating scientifically based wellness plans that promote balance and healthy lifestyles.  “It makes us really proud to watch a St John’s based company grow and provide such positive impacts in people’s lives” notes Kim Keating, Past Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

Their recent merger with the Medisys Health Group, Canada’s leader in occupational and executive health also allows Definitions to expand their programming nationally, mirroring the success they have seen locally.  Workers across Canada will now benefit from the same wellness services successfully utilized in St. John’s.  The Definitions brand new wellness and therapy clinic on Hebron Way is open and ready to welcome new and existing clients.

About Definitions

Definitions Health and Wellness programs are utilized by major organizations for industrial populations internationally which directly improve safety performance and worker health. Founded in 2003, Definitions operates with the mission of becoming a global leader in the delivery of wellness solutions through scientifically based methodologies that provide measurable and meaningful results.

CONTACT: Michael Wahl
Managing Director
(709) 746-3355

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Definitions presents at ExxonMobil Drilling Safety Leadership Forum

On December 4th Definitions Health and Wellness presented at ExxonMobil’s Drilling Safety Leadership Forum in their “Improving the Drilling Environment”. This presentation highlighted the importance of addressing health concerns in the work place and making our workers “Fit for Purpose”.

The Drilling Safety Leadership Forum’s objective is to convene a group of key drilling and service contractor leaders to engage in a n open dialogue and share experiences beneficial to our industry. With numerous external presenters and over 30 drilling contractors and major service companies the forums mandate was “Maintaining Focus on Nobody Gets Hurt”.