Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
Frequent Business Travel Linked to Increased Body Fat

Executives who travel frequently for business have increased measures of body fat, including body mass index (BMI) and percentage body fat. This impact may be greater in women and international travelers reports a study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

ACOEM Chosen as Specialty Society Partner to CDC/CMSS Cooperative Agreement to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in Occupational Health Settings

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has been chosen as one of 7 specialty society partners for a cooperative 5-year agreement awarded to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Intended to improve vaccination among high-risk adults, the agreement specifically targets adults in occupational health settings. In partnering with ACOEM, CMSS recognizes ACOEM members’ long-standing relationships with health systems and clinics would be an asset to this vaccination improvement initiative.

New AMA Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force Urges Action to Help Patients

ACOEM has joined AMA and more than 20 other medical societies in releasing new recommendations as part of the AMA Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force to help end the nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic. The recommendations focus on actions physicians can take as well as those policymakers and public health officials must take. This includes broad efforts to remove barriers and improve access to evidence-based care for patients with pain, a substance use disorder, or mental illness, as well as increase access to multiple harm reduction strategies.

Working from Home During COVID-19 Led to Ergonomic and Health Issues

Employees who shifted to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic report health problems including low back pain and weight gain—and yet feel they are more productive than working at the office, according to a survey study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Championing Workplace Health and Safety Is a Winning Formula for Business

The ACOEM Excellence in Corporate Health Achievement Award (eCHAA) has for 25 years recognized the accomplishments of organizations that strive for excellence in worker health, safety, and environmental management.

COVID-19 Antigen Testing for Workplace Screening

A proposed framework for SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in non-health care work settings is discussed in the August issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Obesity Has Causal Impact on Job Absenteeism and Related Costs

Study in the July issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine estimates national productivity losses at $13 to $27 billion due to health-related absenteeism due to obesity.

Good Risk Management Lowers Teachers' Emotional Responses to COIVD-19

Public school teachers' pandemic fears are similar to those of health care workers reports Danish study in the Mary issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Employer-Sponsored Sports Programs Help Lessen the Impact of COIVD-19

Participating in employer-sponsored sports programs during the COVID‑19 pandemic may lessen the impact of job insecurity on employee well-being, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.