ACOEM is committed to creating new content to enhance member value. Webinars will be offered on a twice-monthly basis, and are FREE to members or available for a small fee if CME is offered. Check back regularly for new topics and links to view recordings of previous webinars.
Marijuana in the Workplace: The Ongoing Saga
Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 12:00 PM CST
A lot is new since 2015 when ACOEM published a joint guidance statement on marijuana in the workplace with AAOHN. As the laws surrounding the use of marijuana and other cannabinoids continue to change, the ability of the occupational health professional to handle related issues continues to become murkier, whether as a corporate medical director/advisor, workers' comp provider, MRO, or other health care professsional providing services to employers. In the past, the “mirror federal law to the extent possible” was an easy solution, but now with conflicting state and federal laws, it is important that occupational health professionals understand how employers may address cannabinoids and where the issues may be going. This webinar will review evolving marijuana laws as they relate to the workplace. Current federal law and the impact of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (Farm Bill) will be discussed as will examples of state laws and statutes which may limit what employers may do or may set new requirements for users of marijuana whether medical or recreational. Considerations including safety-sensitive positions and defining impairment will be reviewed. Participants will be provided with resources to attempt to stay current or explore the topic in more detail.
- Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, President and Chief Medical Officer, OccuMedix, Dresher, PA
Provided by Reed Group
Thursday, February 13, 2020; 2:30 PM CST
This webinar will outline how the newly published ACOEM Depressive Disorders Clinical Guideline was created. Then two ACOEM Panel members will discuss how to apply the guideline to clinical care. They will also discuss who should be using this guideline, interesting findings, and highlight how evidence-based medicine can improve patient outcomes for those with depressive disorders.
- Pamela Warren, PhD, ACOEM Evidence-based Practice Workplace Mental Health Panel Co-Chair, Carle Physician Group & University of Illinois, Medical School, Monticello, IL
- Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA, ACOEM Evidence-based Practice Workplace Mental Health Panel Co-Chair, Health Psychology Associates, Greeley, CO
- Lucy Shannon, Director of Editorial Research and Development, MDGuidelines, Denver, CO
Smoking Cessation for Employees
Tuesday, February 25, 2020; 12:00 PM CST
More than 68% of smokers report wanting to quit, but most do not use recommended cessation methods resulting in only 4-7% of untreated smokers being likely to be successful quit smoking. Learn about the success story of the Smoking Cessation Program of Employee Occupational Health at the VA in St. Louis, Mo. This program included coaching classes which covered evidence-based recommendations for their quit attempt, nicotine replacement therapy and counseling, and information on alternative options.
- Kathleen Berry, FNP, CWCN, Employee Occupational Health, VA St. Louis Health Care System
Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020; 12:00 PM CDT
Our Changing Climate, Heat Stress, and Employer Readiness
Tuesday, March 24, 2020; 12:00 PM CDT
Previously Recorded Webinars:
- November 2019 Washington Update (COMING SOON; Member Login Required)
- Preparing for Work-related Health Problems Associated with Climate Change (January 22, 2020) (COMING SOON; Member Login Required)
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