Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
Shift Work Linked to Increased Risk of Frailty in Older Workers

Middle-aged and older adults with a history of shift work are at increased risk of developing frailty, compared to those working daytime hours only. The strongest association was found for women doing rotating shift work suggests a study in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Launch of OEM Explore Creates Buzz at AOHC

OEM Explore, a groundbreaking career research platform recently launched by ACOEM, provides members of the College access to an untapped job market. Featuring a map-based interface and comprehensive profiles of employers and work sites across the industry, this platform empowers members with the tools to engage with any employer on the map seamlessly.

Shift Work Linked to Early Signs of Cardiovascular Disease

Increased arterial stiffening may signal increased CVD risk in shift workers reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Mandates Helped Control COVID in NYC Municipal Workers

Return-to-office policies did not lead to increased COVID cases—though school employees saw lower decreases than other working-age adults reports a study of New York City municipal employees in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

ACOEM Secures Partners to Increase Adult Immunizations

As part of ACOEM’s role in a cooperative agreement awarded to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve immunization rates among adults with high health risks, the College will partner with health systems in occupational health settings to incorporate CDC’s Standards for Adult Immunization Practice into clinical care and increase adult immunization through education, dissemination, and quality improvement initiatives.

Most US Workers Report Worries About Job Automation

A survey of a national sample of low- to middle-income US adults (annual income $75,000 or less) found that nearly 20% said their jobs were at least partly automated during COVID-19 reports a study in the February Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Perceived Supervisor Support for Health Reduces Presenteeism

To lower health-related productivity loss, companies should increase supervisor support reports a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Leaders Can Foster Resilient Behaviors in Employees

“Servant leadership” and leaders’ psychological capital stimulate resilience which may help employees cope with work-related stress reports a study from the Netherlands in the December Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Substance Use and SUDs Linked to Increased Absenteeism

Employees who use substances other than alcohol have increased absenteeism. Employers that support treatment programs for substance abuse could lower costs, suggests a study in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.