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The Occupational Health Service Institute (OHSI)

Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM Professor and Director Occupational Health Service Institute Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM
Professor and Director
Occupational Health Service Institute

Message from the Director

OHSI is a dynamic service agency bringing to bear the skills of UIC experts from many disciplines. New programs are constantly being developed based on the needs of our community. Our priorities are to provide services to this community on a local, regional, national, and international level. As with all programs of the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health we emphasize the attention to minority and economically deprived groups in our services.

The Occupational Health Services Institute (OHSI) was established in 1995 to allow the University of Illinois at Chicago to fulfill its land grant university service mission in the field of occupational and environmental health. OHSI is an integral part of the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center, at the UIC School of Public Health. OHSI allows UIC faculty to provide public health service to industries, unions, governmental institutions, communities, and individuals as part of their work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

OHSI has provided occupational and environmental health services to clients ranging from local industries and unions to international agencies. OHSI functions on a fee-for-service not-for-profit basis. Current services include:

  • An Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic, affiliated with the Association of occupational and Environmental Clinics, providing medical specialty evaluation of complex worker compensation or community toxic exposure problems
  • A Medical Surveillance Program providing routine medical exams as mandated by government or industry standards
  • A Health in the Arts Program providing specific curative and preventive therapies to persons working in the arts
  • A Travelers Health and Immunization Service providing up to date information and preventive care for international travelers
  • A Medical Advisorship Program provides occupational health advise to corporations and unions including case management and MRO services
  • A Health Hazard Evaluation Program (in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health) providing industry or communities with expertise in the planning and execution of environmental epidemiological studies. This innovative program has provided consultation on a wide range of topics including the public health effects of flooding; assessment of health effects from indoor exposure to methyl parathion; exposure assessment of children exposed to arsenic in a local playground; and stress in the workplace.
 
 
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