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The Occupational Health Service Institute (OHSI)

Health in the Arts
A comprehensive program for diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries and illnesses that are related to work in the arts.

Health and the Arts Program


The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts.

Medical specialists in this program treat arts workers with health concerns that may be caused by their work or affect their ability to work. These specialists also work with the arts communities to investigate and prevent hazardous work practices among art students, hobbyists and professionals. The focus of these efforts includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of arts-related disorders
  • Education on hazards in the arts
  • Workplace safety and hazard control
  • Research on the causes and prevention of arts-related disorders

New and Noteworthy:



    Symptoms caused by or affecting work in the arts
    Exposures to chemicals, fumes dusts and toxic materials
    Injuries, acute and chronic
    Repetitive motion disorder

Who Should Use these Services? Anyone working in the arts:

  • Music
  • Theater
  • Vocal arts
  • Dance
  • Writing
  • Film/Video
  • Art Unions
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Performance
  • Architecture/Design
  • Lighting/Sound work
  • Student/Teachers
  • Gallery/Club workers
  • and others!
    Educational programs and materials
    Art hazards and workplace safety information
    Health in the Arts conferences
    Websites, links and online health and safety library
    Safety and health assessments
    Industrial Hygiene assistance
    Hazard control and ventilation
    Personal protective equipment
    Toxic exposures
    Causes and prevention of arts-related disorders
    Diagnoses and treatment choices
    Health concerns for the arts
    Toxicities of art materials
    The Voice Center
    Museum Health and Safety
    Rehabilitation for Arts Workers
    Respirator Examinations
    Medical surveillance examinations


David Hinkamp, MD,MPH is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Dr. Hinkamp established the Chicago Blues Coalition's health program and has been the Chair of the Arts-Medicine Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1991.

Katherine Duvall, MD,MPH, MS is board certified in Occupational Medicine and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Duvall is conducting research regarding health needs of artists. Dr. Duvall has a background in performing arts, including music and dance.


835 South Wolcott Street
Room #E144
Chicago, Illinois


To schedule an appointment and to obtain additional information, please call:
(312) 996-7420