Guidance and Position Statements

Guidance and Position Statements

ACOEM provides recommendations for occupational health professionals on managing various situations which may arise in their practice or state the College’s position on a particular subject. These documents may be based upon the scientific literature or consensus opinion.
Guidance for Occupational Health Services in Medical Centers -- 2019

This guidance statement represents a compilation of pertinent guidelines, best practices, and professional opinions applicable to the practice of occupational medicine in the medical center setting. It includes an addendum which addresses physician burnout.

Ethical Aspects of Drug Testing

This position statement addresses ethical issues involved in substance abuse screening in the workplace.

Qualifications of Medical Review Officers (MROs) in Regulated and Non-Regulated Drug Testing

This position statement presents the definition of an MRO and defines the qualifications needed by these physicians.

Nanotechnology and Health

This guidance statement addresses the potential adverse health effects associated with exposure to nanomaterials.

Arsenic Exposure, Assessment, Toxicity, Diagnosis, and Management

Arsenic exposure in humans can occur from multiple routes including diet. This guidance statement addresses arsenic exposure sources and pathways, adverse health effects of arsenic exposure and those subpopulations at increased risk, and the evaluation and treatment of those exposed to elevated arsenic levels.

Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

This guidance statement clarifies current best practices in the diagnosis of occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

The Role of the Professional Supervisor in Audiometric Testing Component of Hearing Conservation Programs

This guidance statement discusses the role of occupational medicine clinicians in the supervision of audiometric surveillance under the auspices of hearing conservation programs.

Patient Satisfaction Measurement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Practice

This position statement recommends a set of specific questions to measure patient satisfaction in OEM, designed to meet anticipated regulatory requirements, facilitate quality improvement of participating OEM practices, facilitate casemanagement review, and offer fair and accurate assessment of OEM physicians.

Role and Value of the Corporate Medical Director

This 2-part guidance statement explores the strength and importance of the corporate medical director.