Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
During COVID-19, Job and Financial Worries Are Affecting Mental Health

Even people who are still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, worry about future job loss and its financial impact. This job insecurity is linked to depression, and indirectly related to greater anxiety symptoms due to greater financial concern, reports a study in the September issue of JOEM.

Recommendations for Promoting the Use of Functional Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures in Medical Practice Settings Published

ACOEM and the American Psychological Association in collaboration with NIOSH convened a Patient-reported Functional Status Symposium in June 2019, to discuss and promote the use of functional patient-reported outcomes measures (fPROMs) in all medical practice settings.

Low Leadership Quality Predicts High Risk of Long-Term Sickness Absence

Risk for long-term sickness absence (LTSA) increases by 60 percent where employees rate leadership quality low reports a study in the August issue of JOEM.

In Firefighter Trainees, ‘Mediterranean Lifestyle’ Linked to Lower Health Risks

Firefighters are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study in July's JOEM discusses diet and other changes to help prevent cardiac events in firefighters.

What Drives Corporate Boards to Engage with Occupational Health and Safety?

Occupational health and safety (OHS) faces competition for "a piece of the Boardroom pie," reports a study the June issue of JOEM.

Opioid Use Disorder Carries Health and Productivity Costs for Employers

Medication-assisted treatment reduces excess costs for opioid use disorder (OUD) reports a study the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Occupational Medicine Physicians Can Help Businesses Safely Return Employees to Work

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has launched Getting America Safely Back to Work, an information campaign to advise businesses and the public about the importance of returning to work safely, and the specific role that OEM doctors can and should play in that process.

ACOEM and MDGuidelines® Release First Evidence-Based COVID-19 Guideline for Occupational Health

Free Access Provided to COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Treatment Recommendations
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and MDGuidelines today released a new clinical practice guideline focusing on novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Because of the need to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date information possible, the COVID-19 guideline is available free of charge at

Medical Society Issues Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings in the Workplace During COVID-19

Many employees have jobs that require their physical presence at work during this pandemic including, but not limited to, public safety personnel, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, pharmacists, etc. Based on federal recommendations, ACOEM has created a checklist that summarizes best practices for the use of face coverings to maximize safety and stop the spread of COVID-19 to co-workers, family members, and the public.