Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
Increased Physical Activity Linked to Higher Work Engagement

Even light activity may foster work engagement, health, and productivity among employees, reports a study in the July issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Iowa Physician to Lead Nation’s Largest Occupational Medicine Society

Douglas Martin, MD, has been installed as ACOEM's new president for 2022-2023. The inauguration ceremony took place at the 106th annual membership meeting held during the College’s 2022 American Occupational Health Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Temperature Screening of Health Care Workers Is Ineffective

In more than 6,000 health care practitionerswho were temperature screened, a San Francisco hospital detected no COVID-19 cases. Results indicate that such screening has no utility in detecting COVID-19 or controlling its transmission reports a study in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Health Problems Increased in Office Workers During COVID 19

The health of Japanese office workers deteriorated during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even among those who were not infected, health problems increased including a higher incidence of overweight and other risks, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Insomnia Linked to Lower Productivity at Work

Employees with insomnia symptoms are more likely to have reduced productivity on the job, regardless of their level of physical activity. Workers with insomnia and low physical activity had increased absenteeism, reports a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Height-Adjustable Desks Reduce Sitting Time for Home Workers

Effect Is Greater When Desks Are Combined With Training, Study Finds
Work-from-home employees who are provided with height-adjustable desks had reduced sitting time during the workday. This effect was even greater when desks were compined with training reports a study in the February Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Low Back and Shoulder Pain and Other Physical Symptoms Increased after Abrupt Start to Telework

During emergency shutdowns in the early days of COVID-19, Japanese employees who suddenly found themselves working from home had increased rates of low back and shoulder pain and other physical symptoms. Even working form home one or two days per week increased symptoms, reports a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Closing 'Anchor Businesses' Slowed Rise in New COVID-19 Cases

A study in the December Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests
that early in the COVID pandemic, even short-term closures decreased positive tests.

ACOEM Supports Inclusion of Work Information for USCDI v3

ACOEM has submited comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in support of including work information as core data elements for version 3 United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI v3).