In Service of Occupational Safety and Health

Our department has a long tradition of service, teaching, and research in occupational safety and health.


We provide consultations, laboratory testing and clinical services. Our service activities depend on our strengths in education and research - and provide real-world opportunities for students and researchers.

Request a worksite evaluation: The Field Research and Consultation Group conducts field-based research and provides occupational health and safety consultation to companies that request assistance. Consultants observe work practices, collect samples or data, obtain laboratory analyses, and make recommendations for controlling workplace exposures. Priority is given to small businesses whose problems are not readily addressed by the private sector.

Get a laboratory analysis: The Environmental Health Laboratory provides consultation and chemical analytical services to Washington's employers, labor groups, and governmental organizations. It also assists researchers within the university. The laboratory has been accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association since 1977.

See an occupational and environmental health physician: The Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Clinic provides care to patients with illness or injury caused by occupational or environmental exposures. The multidisciplinary group includes specialists in occupational medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, and public health. It is also a Center of Occupational Health and Education, improving workers' compensation through educational outreach. The clinic provides consultation services on a wide range of medical, legal, and regulatory issues that affect workers throughout the state.


Our Continuing Education Programs offers continuing and professional education as well as health and safety training. The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety receives federal training funds to help support students in industrial hygiene, safety, occupational medicine, and occupational health nursing.


Our department has been successful in competing for federal research grants, which support study of occupational hazards in agriculture, construction, health care, and other fields.