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View ACOEM's responses to current issues and events.
ACOEM Urges DOT and FMCSA to Grant Relief from Examinations for Commercial Drivers During COVID-19

To enhance efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19, to alleviate currently excess demands on the health care system, and to protect health care workers and their patients from avoidable infections, ACOEM urges DOT and FMCSA to grant relief to those drivers whose medical certificates expire over the next 30 days, with that relief to be reviewed and extended as necessary.
 

ACOEM Expresses Strong Support for COVID–19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020

ACOEM voices strong support for H.R. 6139, the COVID–19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020, directing OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard within 30 days that sets requirements for how workplaces must safeguard health care workers against the spread of COVID-19.

ACOEM Urges Congressional Action to Extend Sick-leave Benefits to All American Workers During Current Coronavirus Epidemic

On March 11, 2020, ACOEM President Frangos sent a letter to the leadership of the House Education and Labor Committee urging Congressional action to extend sick-leave benefits to all American workers during the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.
 

ACOEM Supports Policy Assessment for the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

ACOEM supports the Policy Assessment for the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (PA) which recommends the tightening the annual primary PM2.5 NAAQS from its existing level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) down to a level between 8 ug/m3 and 12 ug/m3. This would be required to ensure the standard meets the air law threshold for protecting human health.
 

ACOEM Recommends FMCSA Not Rescind Rules that Require Interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles Drivers Be Able to Hear and Speak

ACOEM does not support the National Association of the Deaf’s petition to FMCSA to rescind the requirement for interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles to be able to hear and speak, and to rescind the rule prohibiting the use of interpreters during the administration of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test. The College recommends that the safest course of action is to keep the present waiver system in place.

ACOEM Supports Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

ACOEM recently expressed its support for S. 851, Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.

ACOEM Statement for Hearing on "Cannabis Policies for the New Decade”

On Janaury 14, 2020, ACOEM submitted a letter of record for the January 15 hearing on Cannabis Policies for the New Decade of the Congressional Subcommittee on Health.
 

ACOEM Concerned OSHA's Proposed Changes to Beryllium Rule Could Diminish Worker Health Protections

ACOEM strongly supports OSHA’s proposal to include both construction and shipyard workers under the beryllium rule. However, the College expresses concern that other proposed changes to the rule will diminish health protection for workers exposed to beryllium, compared to the final rule that OSHA promulgated on January 9, 2017.

ACOEM Comments on OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.

ACOEM responds to OSHA regarding effectiveness of engineering and work practice controls in the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction,