Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic

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Medical experts at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic—located at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center—specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases caused or aggravated by workplace and community environmental exposures.

We serve as advocates to reduce occupational and environmental risk for patients, labor, management and community groups.

The Occupational and Environmental Medicine 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.

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.

Physicians also 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. It is designated by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries as a center of excellence for evaluating and managing chemically related illnesses.

Our other services include: the Healthy Animal Worker Clinic, the Center for Chemically Related Illness and the Center of Occupational Health & Education. Specialists also conduct medical screening and surveillance activities for individuals in high-risk occupations.

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.

Other services

The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic is associated with several other organizations and centers, including:

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU): With its mission to improve reproductive and pediatric environmental health outcomes, PEHSU offers training, consultation services and medical information to health care providers, policymakers, educators and families.

Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety professional development courses: We offer continuing education courses for workers in safety and health, occupational medicine and environmental health.

Puget Sound Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds: We provide expert continuing medical education sessions that focus on issues encountered by occupational and environmental health physicians in a range of settings.

Medical-legal consultations: Our physicians provide medical-legal consultation services based on our clinic practice and research experience, including records reviews, attorney consultations, report preparation and expert testimony.