Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
What Drives Corporate Boards to Engage with Occupational Health and Safety?

Occupational health and safety (OHS) faces competition for "a piece of the Boardroom pie," reports a study the June Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Opioid Use Disorder Carries Health and Productivity Costs for Employers

Medication-assisted treatment reduces excess costs for opioid use disorder (OUD) reports a study the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Occupational Medicine Physicians Can Help Businesses Safely Return Employees to Work

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has launched Getting America Safely Back to Work, an information campaign to advise businesses and the public about the importance of returning to work safely, and the specific role that OEM doctors can and should play in that process.

ACOEM and MDGuidelines® Release First Evidence-Based COVID-19 Guideline for Occupational Health

Free Access Provided to COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Treatment Recommendations
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and MDGuidelines today released a new clinical practice guideline focusing on novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Because of the need to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date information possible, the COVID-19 guideline is available free of charge at

Medical Society Issues Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings in the Workplace During COVID-19

Many employees have jobs that require their physical presence at work during this pandemic including, but not limited to, public safety personnel, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, pharmacists, etc. Based on federal recommendations, ACOEM has created a checklist that summarizes best practices for the use of face coverings to maximize safety and stop the spread of COVID-19 to co-workers, family members, and the public.

Health Effects of Work Time Aren’t Always Straightforward

New study in the April issue of JOEM examines curvilinear associations of working time dimensions (working hours, time pressure, work schedules, and control of work time and pace) on psychological and somatic. Time pressure and other factors help explain work’s effect on symptoms.

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.