Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
Employer-Sponsored Sports Programs Help Lessen the Impact of COIVD-19

Participating in employer-sponsored sports programs during the COVID‑19 pandemic may lessen the impact of job insecurity on employee well-being, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Vaping at Work Is Common and Harmful, Employees Say

New study first to examine the prevalence of and attitudes toward vaping in the workplace. Most employees think workplace vaping is bothersome and decreases productivity reports a survey study of 1,607 employees published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Telework Linked to Increased Presenteeism

Employees who work from home are more likely to work when sick reports a study in the December issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Nurses with Inadequate PPE Have Increased Mental Health Symptoms

Lack of proper PPE during COVID-19 is linked to greater anxiety, depression, and PTSD in nurses reports a study in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

What’s the Best Filter for Homemade Masks in Healthcare Settings?

A study to determine the best filters for homemade masks found only 2 of 6 commonly used materials meet industry standards according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

During COVID-19, Job and Financial Worries Are Affecting Mental Health

Even people who are still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, worry about future job loss and its financial impact. This job insecurity is linked to depression, and indirectly related to greater anxiety symptoms due to greater financial concern, reports a study in the September issue of JOEM.

Recommendations for Promoting the Use of Functional Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures in Medical Practice Settings Published

ACOEM and the American Psychological Association in collaboration with NIOSH convened a Patient-reported Functional Status Symposium in June 2019, to discuss and promote the use of functional patient-reported outcomes measures (fPROMs) in all medical practice settings.

Low Leadership Quality Predicts High Risk of Long-Term Sickness Absence

Risk for long-term sickness absence (LTSA) increases by 60 percent where employees rate leadership quality low reports a study in the August issue of JOEM.

In Firefighter Trainees, ‘Mediterranean Lifestyle’ Linked to Lower Health Risks

Firefighters are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study in July's JOEM discusses diet and other changes to help prevent cardiac events in firefighters.