Public Affairshttp://www.acoem.org/RSS/Default.aspx?FolderID=37765Dr. Catherine Baase Receives Highest Honor in Occupational and Environmental Medicinehttp://www.acoem.org/basse.aspx <p> Dr. Catherine Baase Receives Highest Honor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017-05-17 Renowned workplace health and safety advocate recognized for lifetime achievements Catherine M. Baase, MD, renowned expert in global employee health and productivity, received the Lifetime Achievement in Occupat</p> Marianne DregerThu, 18 May 2017 18:51:59 GMTTraffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to DNA Damage in Childrenhttp://www.acoem.org/airDNA.aspx <p> Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to DNA Damage in Children 2017-05-11 Study Shows Telomere Shortening in Youth with Higher Pollution Exposure Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a</p> Marianne DregerThu, 11 May 2017 13:26:33 GMTCongress Urged to Maintain NIOSH Funding for FY 2018 at FY 2016 Levelhttp://www.acoem.org/NIOSHFY.aspx <p> Congress Urged to Maintain NIOSH Funding for FY 2018 at FY 2016 Level 2017-04-26 April 11, 2017 The Honorable Roy Blunt Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health &amp;amp; Human Services, Education, &amp;amp; Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranki</p> Marianne DregerWed, 26 Apr 2017 19:13:29 GMTACOEM Supports Proposed OSHA Standard to Prevent Workplace Violencehttp://www.acoem.org/violhealthcare.aspx <p> ACOEM Supports Proposed OSHA Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence 2017-04-26 April 6, 2017 OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2016–0014 Technical Data Center, Room N–3653 OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20210; Re: Docket No. OSHA–2016–0014 To Whom It May Concern</p> Marianne DregerWed, 26 Apr 2017 18:49:54 GMTOnline Course Offers Cutting Edge Health and Safety Strategies for Employershttp://www.acoem.org/IHSeLearningCourse.aspx <p> Online Course Offers Cutting Edge Health and Safety Strategies for Employers 2017-04-24 Instruction from leading experts intended to create ‘cultures of health and safety’ while bolstering the bottom line Three of the nation’s leaders in occupational health and safety have launched</p> Bud RomanoMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:27:50 GMTGuidance for Occupational Health Services in Medical Centershttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=18133 <p> Guidance for Occupational Health Services in Medical Centers 2017-04-19 http://www.acoem.org/uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Guidelines/Medical Center OHS Guidance.pdf </p> Bud RomanoWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:47:53 GMTAdvancing Value-Based Medicine: Why Integrating Functional Outcomes With Clinical Measures Is Critical to Our Health Care Futurehttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=18124 <p> Advancing Value-Based Medicine - Why Integrating Functional Outcomes With Clinical Measures Is Critical to Our Health Care Future 2017-04-14 http://www.acoem.org/uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Position_Statements/Advancing_Value_Based_Medicine Functional Outcom</p> Bud RomanoFri, 14 Apr 2017 15:29:07 GMTWhat's Your Company Policy on E-Cigarettes?http://www.acoem.org/ecig.aspx <p> What&#39;s Your Company Policy on E-Cigarettes? 2017-04-13 Survey Highlights Need for Clear Policies on &#39;Vaping&#39; vs Smoking As e-cigarettes continue to increase in popularity, employees are unclear on whether their employers have any company policy on &quot;vaping&quot; — or whether that policy is different for vaping</p> Marianne DregerThu, 13 Apr 2017 18:16:07 GMTSupportive Leadership Linked to Lower Absenteeism/Presenteeismhttp://www.acoem.org/joemfeb17.aspx <p><em>Training in Supportive Behaviors Might Help Avoid Productivity Losses<br /></em><br />More supportive leadership behaviors (SLB) in the workplace are associated with lower productivity losses due to absenteeism and presenteeism, reports a study in the February<em> Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine</em>, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).<br /><br />Burkhardt Schmidt, PhD, of Hochschule für Internationales Management, Germany, and colleagues analyzed the relationship between SLB and absenteeism and presenteeism (going to work despite feeling sick) in a sample of more than 17,000 industrial workers. Supportive leadership behavior — defined as "the extent to which leaders support employees through active involvement in resolving difficult situations and being open, honest, and fair in their interactions" — was assessed on a four-item questionnaire.<br /><br />Employees with high levels of perceived SLB had significantly fewer days of absenteeism and presenteeism. For each one-point increase on a 20-point SLB scale, absenteeism and presenteeism both decreased by about one-third of a day. The effects were lower after adjustment for lifestyle factors and depressive symptoms.<br /><br />Economic models suggested that higher scores for SLB were related to lower costs for lost productivity. Depending on the model used, annual costs per capita were €535 to €1,675 (approximately $695 to $2,170) lower for companies with high SLB scores, compared to those with low SLB scores. For presenteeism, the difference ranged from €64 to €434 (approximately $85 to $560) per worker per year. (Costs are in 2011 currency values.)<br /><br />The results add to previous evidence that SLB may be an "upstream determinant of workforce health and productivity." The study is the first to estimate the productivity costs associated with unsupportive leadership.<br /><br />"Supportive leadership behavior has the potential to reduce absenteeism, presenteeism, and associated costs," Dr. Schmidt and coauthors conclude. They suggest that providing supervisors with training in supportive leadership might contribute to workforce health, productivity, and efficiency.<br /><br /> # # #<br /><br /><strong>Citation</strong> — Schmid JA, Jaraczok MN, Sonntag D, Herr RM, Fischer JE, Schmidt B. <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; color: rgb(71, 120, 0);">A</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; color: rgb(71, 120, 0);">ssociations between supportive leadership behavior and the costs of absenteeism and presenteeism: an epidemiological and economic approach.<em> J Occup Environ Med</em>. 2017;59(2):141-7.</span></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong> — Dr. Schmidt may be contacted for interviews at <a href="mailto:b.schmidt@himh.de">b.schmidt@himh.de</a>.<br /><br /><strong>About ACOEM</strong> — ACOEM (<a href="http://www.acoem.org" title="www.acoem.org">www.acoem.org</a>), an international society of 4,500 occupational physicians and other health care professionals, provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.<br /><br /><strong>About the <em>Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine</em></strong> — The J<em>ournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine</em> (<a href="http://www.joem.org" title="www.joem.org">www.joem.org</a>) is the official journal of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Edited to serve as a guide for physicians, nurses, and researchers, the clinically oriented research articles are an excellent source for new ideas, concepts, techniques, and procedures that can be readily applied in the industrial or commercial employment setting.<br /></p> Marianne DregerThu, 30 Mar 2017 18:00:15 GMTSurveys Provide Employers' and Employees' Views on Wellness Programshttp://www.acoem.org/joemmar17.aspx <p> Surveys Provide Employers&#39; and Employees&#39; Views on Wellness Programs 2017-03-30 Some Workers Unaware Workplace Health Promotion Is Available Most US employers offer workplace health promotion (WHP) programs, but many employees aren&#39;t aware of these programs, reports a study in the March Journal of Occupati</p> Marianne DregerThu, 30 Mar 2017 15:58:25 GMTGlobal Trends in Occupational Medicinehttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=17931 <p> Global Trends in Occupational Medicine 2017-03-15 http://www.acoem.org/uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Guidelines/GlobalTrendsinOccupationalMedicine.pdf </p> Bud RomanoWed, 15 Mar 2017 20:32:08 GMTACOEM Comments on Proposal to Include Qualified VA Physicians on National Registryhttp://www.acoem.org/VANRCME.aspx <p> ACOEM Comments on Proposal to Include Qualified VA Physicians on National Registry 2017-01-31 January 3, 2017 Docket Management Facility U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE West Building,&#160;Room W12–140 Washington, DC 20590–0001 Re: Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0333 To Whom It May Concern: </p> Marianne DregerTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:31:15 GMTACOEM Responds to Social Security Administration Request for Information on Improving Work Outcomes for Musculoskeletal Disabilitieshttp://www.acoem.org/ssn.aspx <p> ACOEM Responds to Social Security Administration Request for Information on Improving Work Outcomes for Musculoskeletal Disabilities 2017-01-17 January 11, 2017 Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance Social Security Administration 3100 West High Rise Building 6401 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 2</p> Marianne DregerTue, 17 Jan 2017 22:19:59 GMTData-Driven Approach May Reduce Violence to Hospital Workershttp://www.acoem.org/viol.aspx <p> Data-Driven Approach May Reduce Violence to Hospital Workers 2017-01-17 Unit-Level Data Helps in Developing Violence-Prevention Measures A worksite intervention using unit-level data on violent events can lead to lower risks of patient-to-worker violence and injury to hospital staff, suggests a study in the </p> Marianne DregerTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:18:58 GMTDefining Documentation Requirements for Coding Quality Care in Workers’ Compensationhttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=17853 <p> Defining Documentation Requirements for Coding Quality Care in Workers’ Compensation 2016-12-12 http://www.acoem.org/uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Guidelines/Defining_Documentation_Requirements_for_Coding.19.pdf </p> Bud RomanoMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:59:38 GMTWorkplace Lead Exposurehttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=17852 <p> Workplace Lead Exposure 2016-12-12 http://www.acoem.org/uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Position_Statements/Workplace_Lead_Exposure.pdf </p> Bud RomanoMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:58:27 GMTACOEM Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Address Opioid Epidemichttp://www.acoem.org/Opepidemic.aspx <p> ACOEM Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Address Opioid Epidemic 2016-12-05 </p> Marianne DregerMon, 05 Dec 2016 17:03:16 GMTACOEM Asks Congress to Support Funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Acthttp://www.acoem.org/CARA.aspx <p> ACOEM Asks Congress to Support Funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 2016-12-05 Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Reid, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi: As leaders of national organizations dedicated to fighting opioid abuse, we thank you for your leadership in passing the Comprehensive Addicti</p> Marianne DregerMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:15 GMTPrinciples for Ensuring the Safe Management of Pain Medication Prescriptions by Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicianshttp://www.acoem.org/Page2Column.aspx?PageID=7392&id=17834 <p> Principles for Ensuring the Safe Management of Pain Medication Prescriptions by Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians 2016-11-30 http://www.acoem.org//uploadedFiles/Public_Affairs/Policies_And_Position_Statements/Guidelines/Guidelines/2016%20-Revised%20Principles%20for%20Ensuring%20Safe%20</p> Bud RomanoWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:28:29 GMTRoutine Use of Pertussis Vaccine in Adultshttp://www.acoem.org/PertussisVaccine.aspx <p>Routine Use of Pertussis Vaccine in Adults 2008 09 04 Pertussis has long been thought of as a disease effectively prevented by the childhood vaccine series. However, it is now recognized that there is gradual loss</p> Marianne DregerThu, 17 Nov 2016 14:42:44 GMTACOEM Comments on Task Report on Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus and CMV Drivershttp://www.acoem.org/InsulinCMV.aspx <p> ACOEM Comments on Task Report on Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus and CMV Drivers 2016-11-16 November 8, 2016 Docket Management Facility U.S. Department of Transportation Room W12–140 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590–0001 Docket No. FMCSA–2005–23151 To Whom It May Concern: On behalf of the </p> Marianne DregerWed, 16 Nov 2016 21:45:52 GMTFeeling Emotionally Attached to Work Leads to Improved Well-Beinghttp://www.acoem.org/attached.aspx <p> Feeling Emotionally Attached to Work Leads to Improved Well-Being 2015-11-11 Study Shows Benefits of “Affective Organizational Commitment” Workers who feel emotionally attached to and identify with their work have better psychological well-being, reports a study in the November Journal of Occupational and </p> Bud RomanoThu, 10 Nov 2016 14:43:38 GMTBrent Pawlecki, MD, MMM, Honored with 2015 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Awardhttp://www.acoem.org/BPawl.aspx <p> Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM, Honored with 2015 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award 2015-10-14 Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM, is the 2015 recipient of the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award, recognizing his career as a proponent of workplace health. The award, sponsored by the American College of Occupat</p> Bud RomanoThu, 10 Nov 2016 14:43:03 GMTFocus on Well-Being Improves Worker Health While Lowering Costshttp://www.acoem.org/CDHP.aspx <p> Focus on Well-Being Improves Worker Health While Lowering Costs 2015-10-14 Savings Over Five Years During Transition to Consumer-Driven Health Plan One company&#39;s program to improve employee well-being led to improvements in worker health and productivity while decreasing health care costs, reports a case st</p> Bud RomanoThu, 10 Nov 2016 14:42:48 GMTProgram to Reduce Work-Family Conflict Pays for Itselfhttp://www.acoem.org/Payitself.aspx <p> Program to Reduce Work-Family Conflict Pays for Itself 2015-09-09 Workplace Intervention Shows Return on Investment for Employers 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 Journal of Occupati</p> Bud RomanoThu, 10 Nov 2016 14:42:14 GMT