Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
ACOEM Advises Suspension of Routine Occupational Spirometry Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

ACOEM issues an advisory regarding the use of spirometry in occupational respiratory surveillance programs.
Recommends that during the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it is prudent to suspend spirometry testing in the workplace, unless it is determined to be clinically essential, due to the significant risk of transmitting COVID-19. 

Medical Society Urges Government and Business Leaders to Aid Employers in Providing Sick Leave Benefits During COVID-19

ACOEM encourages government and business leaders to assist employers and workers in complying with COVID-19 containment efforts by extending sick-leave benefits to all American workers during the current epidemic. 

Excess Costs for Obese Employees Vary Between Industries

Lower obesity-related costs found in some industrial sectors — including healthcare, reports a study in the February issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Mesothelioma Linked to Asbestos in Talcum Powder

Non-occupational asbestos exposure may explain 'idiopathic' cancers reports a study in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

'Moderate' Impact of Workplace Health Promotion Program

In-depth evaluation of a comprehensive workplace health promotion asks what can be achieved in 8 years.?

Defining Culture of Health: Beyond Workplace Wellness

"Culture of Health" is not just a buzz phrase, but a fundamental shift in supporting employee health reports an editorial in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Employee Behavioral Health Program Improves Depression and Anxiety

An employer-sponsored behavioral health program can reduce symptoms in employees with depression and anxiety, with best response occuring with 8-12 sessions, finds a study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Occupational Medical Society Urges U.S. Congress to Consider the Implications for Workplace Safety if Marijuana Is Legalized

Marijuana is an impairing substance and its legalization has huge public and workplace health implications. The U.S. Congress should proceed deliberately and consider workplace safety when dealing with this complex issue.

Integrating Occupational Safety and Health with Workplace Wellness

Ohio workplace wellness grant program targets smaller employers.