The Occupational Health Service Institute (OHSI)
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.
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.
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
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
Medical Surveillance Program providing routine medical
exams as mandated by government or industry standards
Health in the Arts Program providing specific curative
and preventive therapies to persons working in the
Travelers Health and Immunization Service providing
up to date information and preventive care for international
Medical Advisorship Program provides occupational health
advise to corporations and unions including case management
and MRO services
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.