The Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Clinic is a collaboration among the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine and the UW Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
The Harborview OEM Clinic is a member of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics. See http://www.aoec.org/directory.htm for a national listing of OEM specialists and member clinics.Learn more
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History and Purpose of Clinic
The clinic was established in 1981 as one of the country’s first clinics dedicated to occupational and environmental medicine. Major funding comes from Harborview Medical Center, the state of Washington through the Medical Aid and Accident Funds, and other sources.
Our medical specialists, including occupational and environmental medicine physicians and pulmonologists, see more than 300 patients each year who have been injured or become ill from exposure to chemicals or other hazards at work. Specialists also conduct medical screening and surveillance activities for individuals in high-risk occupations.
Physicians work with industrial hygienists, experts in our Field Research and Consultation Group and others to evaluate health and safety conditions in the workplace.
The clinic is the primary clinical training site for occupational and environmental medicine residents and fellows. Notable specialized services include:
Healthy Animal Worker Clinic: Provides specialized services for individuals working with animals and animal products who may have concerns about exposures to allergens, chemicals, infectious agents and injury risks through their work.
Center for Chemically Related Illness: Designated by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries as a center of excellence for evaluating and managing chemically related illnesses.