Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
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).

Pandemic Employment Changes Linked to Psychological Distress

Minorities show greater mental health impact of COVID-related job loss reports study in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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.