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ACOEM Observes Workers Memorial Day During Annual Meeting

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Newswise — (San Antonio, April 28, 2014) The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) dedicated the second day of its annual American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) here to the memory of workers who have died on the job, in honor of Workers Memorial Day, observed every year on April 28.

More than 1,000 occupational and environmental physicians, health care providers, policy makers, vendors, government employees and other health-related professionals are participating in the meeting, which focuses on health and safety in the workplace.

“The nation’s occupational and environmental physicians are on the front lines of workplace health and safety, and we commit ourselves each day to ensuring that workers are able to do their jobs in safe and healthy environments,” said ACOEM President Ron Loeppke, MD. “Workers Memorial Day reminds us that hazards still exist in the workplace, and that our highest priority as health professionals should be striving to eliminate them.”

“We are fully committed to reducing injuries and preventing death in the workplace, and today we re-pledge ourselves to that task for those we serve as we honor the memory of those who have lost their lives on the job,” he said.

The AOHC continues through May 1, offering education, training and policy discussions for occupational and environmental medicine physicians, specially trained in the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of injuries and illnesses related to environmental and occupational exposures.

Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. A dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside of the workplace. ACOEM publishes the monthly Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. To learn more, please visit

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