Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) at the University of Washington (UW) is a joint program between the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (School of Public Health), the Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine (School of Medicine).

The goal of UW OEM is to use evidence-based clinical approaches, cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary training to address regional and emerging occupational and environmental medicine needs.

Our OEM Clinic at Harborview Medical Center has served the occupational medicine needs of the state of Washington and the region since 1981. The clinic works with patients, labor, employers, community groups and others to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and diseases caused or aggravated by work or community environmental exposures.

Clinic funding comes from Harborview, the state of Washington through Medical Aid and Accident Funds and other sources.

Upcoming events

Update on Cardiovascular Risk and Medical Surveillance for Firefighters

January 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm Pacific Time, Live Virtual Lecture 

Stefano Kales, MD, MPH, Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency, Professor, Department of Environmental Health, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Division Chief, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, The Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard University

This Grand Rounds session will start with a presentation by Dr. Stefano Kales on current research in the area of cardiometabolic risk and cardiovascular disease in firefighters. We will then hear from Chief Randy Krause who was instrumental in the development of NFPA 1582, and who will provide a practical update on the medical examination requirements for firefighters.

Participants may register for the single lecture for $39 or the series of 4 lectures for $125. For more information about the lecture series, or to register for the single lecture, visit https://osha.washington.edu/professional-development/course/webomg01-22

Fast Facts


Annual visits to the OEM Clinic


Professionals trained annually


Peer-reviewed publications and products over the last 5 years


States served in EPA Region X

Our Impact

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In the News

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November 18, 2021 | Futurity | Featured: June T. Spector View

How extreme heat hits our most vulnerable communities the hardest
September 14, 2021 | CNN | Featured: June T. Spector View

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September 14, 2021 | CNN Audio | Featured: June T. Spector View

Workers Are Dying Of Heat Outdoors Without Standards To Protect Them
August 17, 2021 | NPR | Featured: June T. Spector View

Washington State Adds Emergency Rules to Protect Workers from Heat and Wildfire Smoke
August 13, 2021 | Natural Resources Defense Council | Featured: June T. Spector View