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Long Work Hours Linked to Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Working long hours — particularly 46 hours per week or more — may increase the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events such as heart attack, reports study in March JOEM. Read more

Best Practices for Workplace Wellness Programs

Building a company-wide culture of health and developing an effective communications strategy are characteristic of companies with outstanding workplace health promotion programs, according to a report in the February issue of JOEM. Read more

Study examines stock market performance and employee health and safety programs

A study utilizing investment simulations for 17 publicly held companies with strong health or safety programs for employees suggests that employers that invest significantly in health and safety programming can outperform other companies in the marketplace. The study was published in the January 2016 issue of JOEM.
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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

Farm-to-Table Model Shows Occupational Health Risks in Food Industry

Workers involved in nearly every step of the modern food industry are at increased risk of occupational illness/injury and death, compared to other industries, reports a study in the July issue of JOEM. Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Carries High Costs for Employers

Employees with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to have work absences, reports a study in the June issue of JOEM. The study may have important implications for identifying which employees are more likely to miss work and for the use of strategies to retain employees with RA. Read more

Leaders See Importance of Healthy Communities, Need Help Getting Started

Corporate leaders understand that investing in healthier communities can be good business, but need help in developing and implementing their community health strategy, according to a special article in the May issue of JOEM. Read more

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

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ACOEM Offers to Assist DOL with Review of Workers' Comp Systems 

ACOEM is an organization of more than 4,000 occupational physicians and other health care professionals, which provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. Work fitness and disability management is a core competency of occupational medicine. Read More

ACOEM Comments on Proposed Revisions to OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

Overall, ACOEM applauds OSHA’s efforts to strengthen workplace preventive efforts, and recognizes the importance of systematic planning and high-level management support for key elements of successful preventive programs, including employer affirmation of the importance of safety and health, a clear system of accountability, ongoing surveillance for potential workplace hazards, skilled investigation of workplace injuries and “near misses,” engagement of workers in setting workplace health and safety policies, effective training, and careful attention to the control or elimination of identified risks. Read More

ACOEM Urges FMCSA to Withdraw Proposed CMV Medication Form 

ACOEM has long been a proponent of FMCSA providing appropriate tools for use by those medical examiners with appropriate training and knowledge to determine the medical fitness of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver. The proposed Medication Form, however, falls far short of being able to adequately assess whether a driver will be impaired by medications or an underlying medical condition. Read More

ACOEM Supports CDC’s Recommendations on Opioid Use to Treat Chronic Non-cancer Pain

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) supports the CDC’s 12 proposed recommendations for the safer and more effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) and the rationales supporting them. Read More

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Occhealth netWORK - trans ACOEM is now pleased to offer the OccHealth netWORK™ as an introductory path for International Membership. If you are a member of an OEM organization from a country that is a participant in the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC), then you are eligible for International Membership in ACOEM by subscribing to the "netWORK".

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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.