Guidance and Position Statements

Guidance and Position Statements

ACOEM provides recommendations for occupational health professionals on managing various situations which may arise in their practice or state the College’s position on a particular subject. These documents may be based upon the scientific literature or consensus opinion.
Nanotechnology and Health

This guidance statement addresses the potential adverse health effects associated with exposure to nanomaterials.

Arsenic Exposure, Assessment, Toxicity, Diagnosis, and Management

Arsenic exposure in humans can occur from multiple routes including diet. This guidance statement addresses arsenic exposure sources and pathways, adverse health effects of arsenic exposure and those subpopulations at increased risk, and the evaluation and treatment of those exposed to elevated arsenic levels.

Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

This guidance statement clarifies current best practices in the diagnosis of occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

The Role of the Professional Supervisor in Audiometric Testing Component of Hearing Conservation Programs

This guidance statement discusses the role of occupational medicine clinicians in the supervision of audiometric surveillance under the auspices of hearing conservation programs.

Patient Satisfaction Measurement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Practice

This position statement recommends a set of specific questions to measure patient satisfaction in OEM, designed to meet anticipated regulatory requirements, facilitate quality improvement of participating OEM practices, facilitate casemanagement review, and offer fair and accurate assessment of OEM physicians.

Role and Value of the Corporate Medical Director

This 2-part guidance statement explores the strength and importance of the corporate medical director.

Fitness-for-Duty Assessments of Industrial Firefighters: Guidance for Occupational Medicine Physicians

This guidance statement recommends best practices for determining an industrial firefighter’s fitness-for-duty, and where possible, characterizes the demographic make-up of the industrial firefighter.

Responsibilities of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Provider in the Treatment and Prevention of Climate Change-Related Health Programs

This guidance statement focuses on North American workers' health effects that may occur as a result of climate change and describes the responsibilities of the OEM provider in responding to these health challenges.

Utilization Review in Worker’s Compensation: Current Status and Opportunities for Improvement

Utilization review (UR) is an element of workers' compensation (WC) systems in some jurisdictions and under consideration in others. This position statement provides a high-level overview of UR as it releates to WC.