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  • Public Affairs

  • Public Affairs

    ACOEM’s government relations activities help the College maintain a strong presence in Washington, D.C., ensuring our members’ interests are represented in key decisions affecting occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). Through the College’s various councils and committees, policies and statements are developed that relate to proposed legislation or regulations at the federal and state levels, along with guidance statements that pertain to occupational and environmental health issues.

    ACOEM’s policies, position and guidance statements, public comments, related press releases, and our representation in Washington, all work in tandem to support the goals of the College – improving the care and well being of workers through science and the sharing of knowledge.

    ACOEM’s representative in legislative and regulatory matters is Patrick O’Connor of Kent & O’Connor, Washington, D.C.

    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.”


    David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discusses emerging issues in occupational safety and health.