The University of Washington Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Clinic at Harborview offers comprehensive services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of occupational and environmental exposures, illness and injury by Board Certified Occupational Medicine physicians. Each patient receives a detailed exposure assessment and comprehensive clinical testing, as needed. This often involves multi-specialty evaluations, guided by the most up-to-date scientific research.
Common conditions we evaluate, when they are known or suspected to be related to exposure in the workplace or as occur in the course of work, include breathing problems such as asthma, asbestosis, silicosis and allergic hypersensitivity; neurological problems such as parkinsonism, peripheral neuropathy and hearing loss; skin problems such as eczema and allergic dermatitis; musculoskeletal problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back, neck, shoulder, and other injuries, sprains, strains and tendonitis; and exposures to toxic chemicals such as metals, solvents and pesticides.
Screening and Monitoring
We also offer medical screening and monitoring programs for high-risk occupations. We provide routine respirator clearance and regulatory compliance examinations for asbestos, silica, hazardous waste, emergency response and other trade-specific situations. We work with employers and workers and others to help prevent work-related illnesses and injuries and to help injured workers quickly and safely return to work and function. We provide educational services about workplace hazards and safety and offer worksite visits as permitted.
Other services include impairment ratings, review of independent medical exams, assessment of barriers to return to work and assistance with filing or re-opening a workers' compensation claim and coordination of return to work efforts. We also offer health and safety consultation to employers and unions.
Healthy Animal Worker Clinic (HAWC)
We are the Nation's first Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic with a clinical program specifically dedicated to the occupational health of animal workers. Animal workers, including those engaged in veterinary and other animal care, farm and food production, laboratory research, wildlife, and zoo/aquarium work, face unique health and safety risks. The aim of the Healthy Animal Worker Clinic (HAWC) is to improve the health of animal workers in our region by providing preventive services including reproductive risk assessment, assessment and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards, and management of work-related health and safety issues including workers compensation.
Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE)
Our clinic also directs the Harborview Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE), a program that seeks to minimize work related disability by offering education and training in best occupational health practices to physicians who treat workers with work related injuries. We also act as a resource to health and governmental agencies.
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)
For children's environmental health issues, the Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is a joint program of the Pediatrics Department and the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health where families and their care providers can obtain educational information about children's environmental health issues. The pediatric environmental health experts see children from infancy through adolescence, providing expert clinical evaluations for exposure to harmful environmental toxicants. For assistance contact 1-877-KID-CHEM.
OEM Clinic Administrative Information
To fax documents, please use the clinic fax number: 206.744.8527