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

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  


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

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NAOEM 2014 Meeting & Scientific Conference

10/03/2014 - 10/05/2014

7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

1st International Symposium to Advance TOTAL WORKERS HEALTH

10/06/2014 - 10/08/2014

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bethesda, MD

IOMC's 2014-2015 Leadership Breakfast Series

10/09/2014

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Wildfire Restaurant, 159 W. Erie, Chicago, IL

Fall Dinner Meeting Atlanta

10/14/2014

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Midtown Atlanta Gordon Biersch Restaurant

Regional Mid-Atlantic OEM Conference

10/18/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Clinical Academia Building 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick

Fall Occupational Medicine Conference

10/18/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

MCOEM 2014 Regional Occupational Health Conference

10/18/2014

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The Kossiakoff Center, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Reception and Dinner

10/18/2014

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Heldrich Hotel

Fall Occupational Medicine Conference(1)

10/19/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

Business Meeting

10/19/2014

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Rutgers Clinical Academic Meeting

ACOEM Fall HOD Meeting(1)

11/07/2014

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Chicago, Illinois

ACOEM Fall HOD Meeting

11/07/2014

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Elk Grove Village, IL

Occupational Medicine Board Review

11/08/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Foundations of Occupational Medicine - Segment 1

11/08/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track Course(2)

11/08/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Occupational Medicine Board Review(1)

11/09/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Foundations of Occupational Medicine - Segment 1(1)

11/09/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track Course(3)

11/09/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

POEMS CME Dinner Meeting(3)

11/12/2014

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

LaCollina Restaurant Belmont Hills PA

ACOEM Public Policy Briefing (Members Only)

11/19/2014

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Webinar

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

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track Course

12/06/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Washington, DC-area

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track Course(1)

12/07/2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Washington, DC-area
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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 - September 2014 

A leading peer-reviewed journal of ACOEM

Current Issue: September 2014 / Vol. 56 / No. 9
Featured Articles:
  • Changes in Outdoor Workers' Sun-Related Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors: A Pre-Post Workplace Intervention
  • Long-term Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Serum Leptin in Older Adults: Results from the MOBILIZE Boston Study
  • The Association of Self-reported Employee Physical Activity with Metabolic Syndrome, Health Care Costs, Absenteeism, and Presenteeism


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