Occupational and Environmental Clinic at Harborview

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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 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.

To make an appointment for the OEM clinic, please visit the UW Medicine clinic page.

Consulting providers can also access OEM specialists through the Medcon system. Medcon connects clinicians to specialty expertise at the UW for educational and general informational purposes. Since no physician-patient relationship is established, the information provided should be viewed as education regarding a given medical condition. It does not constitute a formal medical consult or provision of medical services to a specific patient. The calling provider is responsible for the medical management and care of the individual patient. Call 800.326.5300 (toll-free), or 206.520.9700, and mention “occupational and environmental medicine,” to access an OEM specialist and/or clarify whether your patient needs a referral. Operators will connect you with the appropriate UW School of Medicine faculty physician.