SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

What makes a conference impactful?  Sessions that are relevant, informative, and actionable.  Throughout the afternoon we will host eight different sessions, on two different tracks, relating to marijuana legislation and policies.

The sessions will cover: Drug Testing Policies, State Marijuana Laws and Litigation Strategies for Employers, A DOT Update and Medical Disclosure Policies, Marijuana Impairment and Emerging Technology, Designing a program that Works with Marijuana Laws, Laboratory Insights from CRL and Psychemedics, a History of Drug Testing and a First Look at DISA’s 2019 Owner Survey Results.

Unique to the Day with DISA conference, our speakers are going to be available for 2 hours during the networking event to answer questions relating to their presentations!  Don't miss this opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts in the industry during our networking reception.

DOT Update and the Medical Disclosure Policies

The Department of Transportation, understandably, creates strict guidelines for its employees relating to workplace safety that continue to change with regard to the evolution of drug use.  Although marijuana, in certain states, and prescription drugs are legal, the DOT regulations remain stringent. This session will cover the significant updates in DOT regulations. We will address the issue of use vs abuse, along with the age of prescriptions, and a review of safety concerns from the MRO. Additionally, we will discuss the Medical Disclosure policies for both DOT and non-DOT.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Review and understand DOT regulation updates
  • - Be able to discern between use and abuse
  • - Recognize the age of prescriptions and safety concerns from the MRO
  • - Understand and apply Medical Disclosure Policies to safeguard your company

Marijuana Impairment and Emerging Technology

The effects of marijuana on the general population are difficult to define. Marijuana is unregulated, making it especially complex for consumers to know what they are getting and for law officials to determine a level of impairment. Emerging technology is paving the way to get a better understanding of impairment levels. This session will cover the issue of impairment in the workplace and on the road, and an overview of marijuana since recreational legalization including ER visits, accidents, and the increase in potency. It will also address the new technological advancements and the legislative hurdles that are associated.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Understand and identify marijuana's effects and dangers in the workplace and on the road
  • - Learn about new technology that helps identify and measure marijuana related impairment
  • - Review legislative obstacles relating to marijuana-related impairment

Workplace Test Results: Real Data & Real Risks

Hair testing uniquely reveals a wealth of information about drug use over a period of time by analyzing sections of a small hair sample. As the hair testing pioneer and leader for oil and gas companies and contractors, Psychemedics gleans insights from the deepest dataset in the industry to gauge trends. In this session, we will present real workplace data that details positive rates for marijuana, and both pre and post MRO review results. We will also compare and contrast with other industries and deliver insights the most effective detection and deterrence strategies.

State Marijuana Laws and Litigation Strategies for Employers

Although marijuana is illegal on the federal level, many states have chosen to legalize either medical, recreational or both.  The list of states who choose to legalize is steadily growing, each with different protocol, making it extremely difficult to stay up-to-date. This session will give an overview of marijuana legalization in the US and the issue it presents to employers and the current status.  We will address a list of proposed laws and what that could mean.  Find out how to terminate employees that are using and the legal responsibilities for employers, along with best practices. We will review important cases and the implications for employers and include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to recreational and medical marijuana.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Understand marijuana legalization and the issues it presents to employers
  • - Discover the current status of legalization and proposed laws in the U.S. and their effects
  • - Education for employers regarding, termination, legal responsibilities, and best practices
  • - Learn about the significance for employers of important cases dealing with marijuana
  • - Understand the relation of Americans with Disabilities Act and recreational and medical marijuana

Drug Testing Policies With A Focus on Marijuana

As an employer facing new marijuana laws, you might feel the pressure of protecting your company and employees more than ever before. We hope to relieve some of the weight on your shoulders by providing helpful information. Nina French will guide us through an over view of marijuana legalization in the U.S. the issue it presents to employers and the current status.  We will review the list of proposed laws and what's to come, and additionally we will discuss how employers can take action with drug testing policies.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Understand marijuana legalization and the issues it presents to employers
  • - Discover the current status of legalization and proposed laws in the U.S. and their effects
  • - Learn what to do as an employer to combat marijuana legalization and workplace safety

Using Compliance & Legal to Support an Effective Drug Testing Program

Today's fragmented, fast-paced, evolving business environment requires a proactive compliance/legal program to support your business. This session will explore how developing and implementing a proactive program helps you avoid difficulties by bringing your compliance/legal program front and center as a cornerstone of your employee testing.

History of Drug Testing & 2019 Owner Survey

This presentation will explore the evolution of contractor testing and which best practices can make your facility safer. The speaker will also present an in-depth analysis of DISA's second annual 2019 Owners Survey, an annual survey of more than 60 industrial owner / operators on drug testing trends in the safety sensitive, industrial market.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Learn the history of drug testing
  • - Understand industry best practices for drug testing & background screening
  • - See how more than 60 owner / operators are tackling challenges at their site

Designing a Program that Works with Your Marijuana Laws

The complexity surrounding marijuana laws and employer responsibilities can be daunting, but we aim to leave you informed and confident to carry out a program that will benefit your workplace and protect both your company and employees.  In this session Nina French and Frank Bernard, both equipped with a vast knowledge of employee screening and compliance, will review the types of drug testing laws, and policy of best practices. You will also learn the impact of DOT/HHS/SAMSHA on state laws.


Key Takeaways:

  • - Understand types of drug testing laws
  • - Learn the impact of DOT/HHS/SAMSHA on state laws
  • - Review policy best practices 

Networking Reception

Once the sessions end we invite you to gather with our prominent speakers, DISA employees, and other attendees to network and spend time discussing the event with each other! From 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm we will serve heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

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