The 8th Symposium on Workplace Drug Testing (WDT) took place in Vienna on Septemebr 26-27, 2013.
The business programme has been varied and of a very high quality, human resource issues with a lineup of quality speakers. The sessions have been of interest to beginners and experienced practitioners and topics range from the prevalence of drug abuse throughout Europe through the problems of collection, analysis and interpretation; the legal basis and policy-making for WDT and performance impairment, as well as a series of case studies.
Here follows the full programme of the Conference. The tiles marked in red have the presentation slides available for full reading/download in .pdf format. Simply click on the presentation title to get the document open in a new window.
09:00: Official Welcome
Session 1: European Updates; Many Countries, Many Approaches
Session Chair: Helen Vangikar and Sanna Taskinen
09:15: Making the World Safer from Drugs
Justice Tettey (Chief, Laboratory and Scientific Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Austria)
10:10: Workplace drug testing in Italy: Statistical and epidemiological findings about second level survey
Claudia Vignali (University of Pavia, Italy)
11:15: The Dutch experience of workplace drug testing
Tessa Bosch (MaasstadLab, Netherlands)
11:55: International Workplace Screening, challenges & best practices
Colin Woods (DISA Global Solutions, USA)
Session 2: Policies, Procedures and Proof
Session Chair: Leendert Mostert and Nadia Fucci
14:00: Challenging Aspects of Policies
Lindsay Hadfield (Alere Toxicology, United Kingdom)
14:20: Random Testing Programmes; who’s got it right?
Per Bjorklov (DISA, Sweden)
14:40: Thresholds, sensitivity and specificity; Should PoCT devices be used in safety critical occupational testing programs?
Dr. Simon Davis (Imperial College, London, United Kingdom)
14:50: Guidelines Update, what's new.
Ronald Agius (Labor Krone, Germany)
Session 3: More Than Testing
Session Chair: Lindsay Hadfield and Thomas Keller
16:00: 'On-site' Analysis of (new) synthetic drugs in the music event scene: The Viennese 'Check iT' drug prevention project
Rainer W. Schmid (Medical University, Austria)
16:20: SUN+ Alcohol and drug prevention program at VOEST alpine company
Anton Feuerstein (VOEST alpine, Austria)
16:40: Accreditation: letters vs numbers
Helen Vangikar (Toxicology Consultant, United Kingdom)
17:00: A day in the life of an MRO in Sweden
Stefan Nicolaidis (ADELAS Consulting AB, Sweden)
Session 4: New Technology
Session Chairs: Anya Pierce and Ronald Agius
09:00: Dried Blood Spots (DBS) and Dried Urine Spots (DUS) for Monitoring of Alcohol Markers and New Psychoactive Substances
Wolfgang Weinmann (University of Bern, Switzerland)
09:20: Enhanced Occupational Drug Screening using High Resolution Accurate Mass LCMS
Simon Hudson (LGC Health Sciences, United Kingdom)
09:40: The Sweat Matrix: a New Chance for Workplace Drug Testing
Nadia Fucci (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy)
10:00: Oral fluid, the upcoming matrix for drug of abuse testing
Michaela Neuhofer (Greiner Bio-One, Austria)
10:20 - 11:05: Coffee break, Sponsors' Exhibition
11:05: Oral fluid as an alternative matrix in workplace drug testing: which drugs at which cutoff concentration?
Michael Boettcher (MVZ Labor Dessau GmbH, Germany)
11:25: Utility of cosmetically treated hair for the detection of drugs and alcohol
Ronald Agius (Labor Krone, Germany)
11:55: Hair analysis in pre-employment in the UK and in Brazil: worldwide harmonization required?
John Wicks (Cansford Laboratories Limited, United Kingdom)
Session 5: Alcohol
Session Chairs: Ronald Agius and Helen Vangikar
13:45: The detection of ETG in urine: could this marker be useful in workplace control?
Cristiana Stramesi (University of Pavia, Italy)
14:05: Workplace EtG Testing – the American Experience
Faye Caldwell (Caldwell Everson PLLC, USA)
14:25: TruTouch – a new possibility for quick modification of alcohol behavior in the workplace
Torsten Winkler (nal von minden, Germany)
15:15: EWDTS Business meeting