Industry Sessions

Each of our sessions features an industry expert to present industry trends, news, regulatory updates, and informative employment screening procedures your company can take to build a safer workplace. DISA will be offering 5 HRCI credits and 6 CC DAPP credits to event attendees that request it during the event. We're also offering 1 SHRM credit for each qualifying session attended (up to 4).

Drug and Alcohol Testing Track 1


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.

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.

Drug Testing Policies, 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.

History of Drug Testing & 2019 Owner Survey

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.

Drug and Alcohol Testing Track 2


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.

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.

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.