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

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  


ACOEM Releases Recommendations as Part of Choosing Wisely® Campaign

ACOEM has released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in occupational and environmental medicine as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really needed. Read more

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


Diet May Help Explain Shiftwork-Related Chronic Disease Risks

Shiftworkers are more likely to have a diet that promotes chronic inflammation—which may partly explain the health risks associated with shiftwork, reports a study in the February JOEM. Read more


ACOEM Congressional Briefing Connects Workplace Health and Long-term Impacts on Medicare Costs

ACOEM has urged Congress to support new policies aimed at delivering healthier seniors into Medicare and other government entitlement programs by strengthening health and wellness programs in the workplace. In a special briefing for the Congressional Wellness Caucus on January 28, ACOEM leaders described a system in which stronger emphasis would be placed by employers on helping workers avoid these chronic conditions while they are still employed – thus lessening the chance that they would enter the Medicare system hampered by disease. Read more

ACOEM Submits Comments to OSHA on Proposed Silica Standard

ACOEM supports adoption/implementation of OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica standard and provided comments/recommendations to enhance the protections to workers afforded by the proposal. Read ACOEM’s comments here... 


CDC Introduces ACOEM Members to New Work@Health™ Program

On January 27, ACOEM’s H&P Section learned about CDC’s new Work@Health Program via a special conference call. This employer-based training program is intended to improve the organizational health of participating employers with an emphasis on strategies to reduce chronic disease/injury risk to employees and improve worker productivity. As this free wellness program is an important tool in promoting in workplace health, ACOEM is making the audio and slides available to the entire membership. Read more 


Company Policy May Contribute to Health Impact on the Bottom Line

Insurance, time off, and other policies affect business outcomes reports a study in the January issue of JOEM. Read more

“Zero-Cost” Workers' Comp Claims Aren't Really Zero Cost, JOEM Study Finds

Many workers' compensation (WC) claims result in no payment from the WC system, but do lead to increased costs for employee group insurance plans, reports study in the December JOEM. Read more  

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5th International Conference on the History of Occ. & Env. Health

04/24/2014 - 04/25/2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

ACOEM HOD(1)

04/27/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Marriott San Antonio, Texas

Pharma Section Breakfast Meeting

04/29/2014

6:45 AM - 8:00 AM

On Site at the Marriot RiverCenter

Section Annual Meeting

04/29/2014

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Marriott, San Antonio, Texas

MCOH Section Meeting(1)

04/29/2014

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marriott Rivercenter, Room TBA

AsMA 85th Annual Scientific Meeting

05/10/2014 - 05/15/2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Update on Bloodborne Pathogens

05/28/2014

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LaCollina Restaurant


SOM Annual Scientific Meeting - 2014

06/30/2014 - 07/03/2014

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

East Midlands Conference Center, UK

Fall Occupational Medicine Conference

10/18/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

Fall Occupational Medicine Conference(1)

10/19/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

NECOEM-MaAOHN Annual Conference

12/04/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Boston Newton Marriott Hotel, Newton MA

Annual Conference NECOEM-MaAOHN

12/05/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Boston Newton Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA
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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

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. The Marketplace also provides a unique and innovative way to quickly locate information relating to more than 30 of the most current topics in OEM. This innovative member benefit can only be found by accessing MyACOEM.

 

New! Now in the ACOEM Idea Marketplace -– ACOEM’s 2013 Physicians' Practice Income and Benefit Survey! This important member benefit can be downloaded from the "Careers in OEM/Entering the Field" topic in the Idea Marketplace.

 

SLEEP DISORDERS

Sleep DisordersACOEM’s ongoing awareness campaign to address chronic disease in the workplace is focusing on the impact of sleep disorders on worker health and productivity. Sleep disorders that result in excessive workplace fatigue are not only debilitating, but as in a case of a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel, can have fatal consequences.


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 2014 

A leading peer-reviewed journal of ACOEM

Current Issue: April 2014 / Vol. 56 / No. 4 
Featured Articles:
  • Association Between Exposure to Work Stressors and Cognitive Performance
  • The Association on Between Urinary Phthalates and Lung Function
  • Genetic Variants in the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I and Class II Genes Are Associated with Diisocyanate-induced Asthma

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