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

What's New

Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace Published in April JOEM

ACOEM and AAOHN have jointly published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce. The joint paper summarizes current evidence regarding marijuana consumption, discusses possible side effects, and suggests various strategies for monitoring its use among employees. Read more

When Health Risks Go Down, Worker Productivity Goes Up

Changes in employee health risk factors have a significant impact on work productivity and lasting health improvements lead to cumulative productivity gains, reports a study in the April issue of JOEM.
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National Economy Is Best Predictor of Job Satisfaction

The national gross domestic product (GDP) is a stronger predictor of job satisfaction than workers' personal or job-related characteristics, reports the March JOEM. Read more

Which Conditions Show Reduced Costs with Disease Management?

Study in February JOEM shows which conditions show reduced costs with disease management/may help employers target efforts.
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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

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Spring Dinner Meeting for GA Component of ACOEM(1)


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Food 101 at 4969 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA

MCOEM Urban Pirates Cruise


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Urban Pirates

ACOEM Spring HOD Meeting


12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Physician PA NP Section Meeting


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Hilton Baltimore



12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Durham, North Carolina



12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Durham, North Carolina



12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Durham, North Carolina



12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Durham, North Carolina



12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Durham, North Carolina

NAOEM 2015 Annual Scientific Conference(1)


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Skamania Lodge, Stevenson WA

2015 Annual Combined Atlantic OM Scientific Meeting


12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The Hub, Philadelphia
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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

ACOEM Files Comments with FDA Regarding Opioid Education for Prescribers 

On December 7, ACOEM submitted comments to the FDA regarding its draft "Blueprint for Prescriber Education for the Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Class-Wide REMS." Read more 

ACOEM and IAIABC Express Concern to Workers' Comp Officials Regarding Opioid Abuse

In a joint letter that was sent last Friday to all state workers' compensation officials, ACOEM and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) expressed "deep concern over the growing issue of prescription opioid abuse in the United States. Read more 

ACOEM Expresses Support for Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act

ACOEM has expressed to Congress its support for H.R. 2465, the Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act; specifically, the provisions that update the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to allow for reimbursement of certain services provided by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). Read more 

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Featured Resources

ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM Transition TurboCoder CMX™


Transition TurboCoder is the foremost digital reference tool allowing users to quickly and easily convert and view ICD-9-CM codes to their potential equivalents in ICD-10-CM and vice versa.

A particularly useful tool for Independent Medical Examiners, Medical Coders, Clinicians, and other health professionals; this software is a downloadable product that uses the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) published by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to allow you to view and compare ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM side-by-side. 

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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.


A new topic area on Ebola has just been created to help members stay up to date and informed about this deadly disease. We urge you to use this communications tool to share with your peers any best practices, protocols, emergency plans, or other information germane to preventing, recognizing, managing, and treating Ebola.

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 - April 2015 

A leading peer-reviewed journal of ACOEM

Current Issue: April 2015 / Vol. 57 / No. 4
Featured Articles:
  • The Relative Importance of the Domains of Work Functioning: Evaluations of Health-Impaired Employees, Healthy Employees, and Employers
  • The Relationship Between Occupational Metal Exposure and Arterial Compliance
  • Health Risk Change As a Predictor of Productivity Change

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