Occupational & environmental physicians are concerned with the health of workers and their environments through clinical care, disability management, prevention, research and education.

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Focus on Well-Being Improves Worker Health While Lowering Costs

One company's program to improve employee well-being led to improvements in worker health and productivity while decreasing health care costs, reports case study in October JOEM.
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Program to Reduce Work-Family Conflict Pays for Itself

An effective program to reduce work-family conflict (WFC) leads to reduced turnover and other cost savings for employers, reports a study in the September issue of JOEM. Read more

Low Levels of Libby Asbestos Exposure Linked to Lung Abnormalities

People exposed to asbestos from mining in Libby, Mont., show long-term changes in lung imaging and function tests, even with relatively low asbestos exposure, reports study in the January’s JOEM. Read more

Obesity-Related Work Absences Are 'Financial Drain' for States

Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November issue of JOEM. Read more

High-pollution Days Linked to Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are elevated after days with high levels of air pollutants, reports a Japanese study in the October issue of JOEM. Read more

Air Pollution May Affect Levels of Obesity-Related Hormone

Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution associated with higher levels of the obesity-related hormone leptin in older adults, reports study in September’s JOEM. Read more

Affordable Care Act Provides Incentives to Offer Cardiac Rehab in Work Settings

Through financial incentives and an emphasis on proven health outcomes, the Affordable Care Act provides opportunities to increase the availability of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs — including offering CR as part of worksite health programs, according to an article in the August issue of JOEM. Read more

Alcohol Use Disorders Linked to Decreased 'Work Trajectory'

Women's careers more likely to be disrupted by alcohol suggests study in July issue of JOEM. Read more

Small Businesses Less Likely to Offer Health Promotion Programs

Small companies are less likely to offer worksite wellness programs -- but if they do, worker health improves finds a study in the June issue of JOEM. Read more

Kathryn L. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has been named the President of ACOEM

Dr. Mueller was installed April 30 during ACOEM’s 2014 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), held in San Antonio, Texas. Read more  

Especially in Women, Lowering Work-Home Conflicts May Reduce Burnout

Conflicts between work and home—in both directions—are an important contributor to the risk of burnout, suggests a study in the April issue of JOEM. Read more 

Social or Physical Changes to Work Environment Alone Beneficial, But Not in Combination

Changes targeting the social or physical workplace environment have some positive effects on work-related outcomes—but so far, evidence doesn't support a combination of the two approaches, reports a study in the March issue of JOEM. Read more  

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FMCSA has promised to prepare and post a set of FAQs, which has not happened. To further complicate preparation, FMCSA still has not posted the final version of the medical examination reporting forms, which must be used beginning December 22, 2015. This requested delay will avoid inconsistencies amongst examiners, ensure the quality of medical examination, avoid unnecessary costs and time for drivers, and protect safety on our highways.

College Comments on NIOSH Cancer Classification Document

ACOEM has submitted comments to NIOHS on its draft carcinogen classification and target risk level policy for chemical hazards in the workplace. In applauding NIOSH for this work, ACOEM also urged stronger target risk levels for known carcinogens. Read the comments

State Advocacy Community 

“ACOEM members are the best advocates for the specialty of occupational medicine – with the ability to educate and inform policy makers on key issues of concern to the practice of occupational medicine and the health and safety of workers and workplaces. ACOEM Members may join the ACOEM State Advocacy Community to access information and resources to communicate with elected officials, regulators and allies in your state. Members may enroll from the myACOEM members-only page from the ACOEM ADVOCACY box.”

Medical Organizations Urge Congress to Act on Gun Violence

ACOEM has joined 51 other medical organizations in urging Congress to take action to reduce gun violence
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ACOEM Comments on DOT Drug Testing Procedures for 6–AM  

ACOEM has expressed support for DOT’s interim final rule (IFR) for Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: 6-acetylmorphine (6–AM) Testing that no longer requires labs and MROs to consult with one another regarding the testing for the presence of morphine when the lab confirms presence of 6–AM. Read more

ACOEM Urges Support for ERC/AFF Funding 

On March 23, ACOEM urged House and Senate Appropriations Committees to support funding for the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program.
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ACOEM Applauds Launch of Federal Smoking Campaign

ACOEM and 37 other organizations applaud launch of federal government’s media campaign on dangers of tobacco use.
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ACOEM Opposes Bill Undermining Pollution Protections

Senate Resolution would leave millions of Americans at risk from mercury, other pollutants ACOEM has joined the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and other leading organizations to formally oppose S.J. Res. 37, a resolution that employs the Congressional Review Act to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants. Read more 

Coalition Opposes Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund

On March 27, ACOEM joined more than 100 other national public health organizations to express deep disappointment in the Administration's support for reducing the investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Read more

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Occhealth netWORK - transIn addition to serving as an introduction to OEM Resources, information and benefits for health, medical, insurance, human resources and benefits professionals in the United States and abroad, ACOEM is now pleased to offer the OccHealth netWORK™ as an introductory path for International Membership.

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ACOEM's Idea Marketplace™

ACOEM's Idea Marketplace ACOEM's Idea Marketplace™ is an area of the web site where members can exchange ideas and materials. It also provides a unique and innovative way to quickly locate information relating to 40 of the most current topics in OEM. This innovative member benefit can only be found by accessing MyACOEM.


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Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers
LEO GuidanceGuidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) is an electronic subscription-based tool that provides the latest information to promote LEO health and safety. The Guidance covers essential job functions, fitness-for-duty criteria, surveillance issues, and wellness/health maintenance topics. The LEO Medical Guidance is a valuable tool for all stakeholders: physicians, public safety personnel and members of national and international associations representing law enforcement, law enforcement executives, municipal managers, attorneys, and insurers. Sleep Disorders is the newest chapter to be added to this continuously evolving resource. An updated diabetes chapter and an enhanced chapter on medications are coming soon! Other available chapters cover amputations/prosthetics, cardiovascular issues, hearing, infectious diseases, pregnancy, substance use disorders, and vision. Additional topics under development are hematology, neurologic disorders (seizures), pulmonary disorders, and risk assessment, with others to follow. Information and pricing for individual and multi-user on-line access to LEO Guidance Documents and updates.
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (JOEM CME)
 JOEM CME - January 

A leading peer-reviewed journal of ACOEM

Current Issue: January 2015 / Vol. 57 / No. 1
Featured Articles:
  • Improving Sleep: Outcomes from a Worksite Healthy Sleep Program
  • HRCT/CT and Associated Spirometric Effects of Low Libby Amphibole Asbestos Exposure
  • Implementation of a Worksite Wellness Program Targeting Small Businesses: The Pinnacol Assurance Health Risk Management Study

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