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

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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

ACOEM Installs New Officers and Directors at AOHC 2015

Mark A. Roberts, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOEM, was installed as ACOEM’s new president on May 6. Dr. Roberts was among eight physicians who took office in Baltimore, Md., during AOHC 2015. Other officers installed for one-year terms were President-Elect James A. Tacci, MD, JD, MPH, FACOEM; Vice President Charles M. Yarborough III, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Secretary-Treasurer Jeffrey S. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM. Installed as Directors for 3-year terms (2015-2018) were...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

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

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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

International Membership

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".

Note: This "International Membership" is an entry level time-limited offering. Physicians wishing to become fellows or permanent members of ACOEM, should apply for "Active Membership".

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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (JOEM CME)
 JOEM CME - November 2015

A leading peer-reviewed journal from ACOEM -- a member benefit

Current Issue: November 2015 / Vol. 57 / No. 11
Featured Articles:
  • Does Group-Level Commitment Predict Employee Well-Being? A Prospective Analysis
  • Employer-Based Screening for Diabetes and Prediabetes in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System: A Natural Experiment for Translation in Diabetes (NEXT-D) Study Well-being: A Prospective Analysis
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Atrial Fibrillation: The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study

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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 covering essential job functions, fitness-for-duty criteria, health/wellness, and surveillance issues. It is a valuable tool for physicians, public safety personnel and members of national and international associations representing law enforcement, law enforcement executives, as well as municipal managers, attorneys, and insurers. Chapters include information on initial evaluation, neurology/seizures, sleep disorders, substance use, amputations/prosthetics, cardiovascular issues, vision, hearing, diabetes, infectious diseases, pregnancy, and more. Additional topics are under development (along with updates to currently available ones) as this is a continuously evolving resource. For more details and pricing for individual and multi-user access, read more
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.