The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine offers a comprehensive occupational medicine resource for workers and their employers. With a focus on prevention as well as prompt treatment, we work with employers, organized labor and other medical providers to promote and maintain a healthy workforce. Our professional staff includes experienced physicians who are board certified in occupational medicine and primary care, advanced practice nurses, industrial hygienists, ergonomists and behavioral health specialists. Our clinical services range from treating minor work injuries to evaluating complex occupationally related medical conditions.
The services listed below are performed in our Farmington clinic, and many of them are also available in our Storrs Center medical offices.
- Consultation for integrating occupational health and safety with health promotion interventions
- Workers’ compensation injury and illness care, with prompt access to treatment and day of service communication regarding medical causation, work capacity and treatment plan
- Pre-placement physical exams
- Medical surveillance exams (lead, asbestos, hazmat, firefighters)
- Medical exams for commercial drivers
- Independent medical evaluations
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offering help with personal, emotional, family, or substance abuse problems
- Fitness for duty exams
- Consultations for assessment and control of workplace of reproductive hazards
- Health and safety training
Our clinic serves many populations. We act as the Employee Health Service for UConn Health, and provide similar services to students and residents at the main campus in Farmington. We also serve employees of other Connecticut agencies, municipalities, other employers and UConn Health volunteers. For anyone who works at our Farmington campus, regardless of employer, we offer convenient acute care visits for illness or injury that is not related to the work environment.
Unlike most medical offices, we reach far beyond the walls of our own clinics. Our experts in ergonomics, industrial hygiene and air quality can provide work-site consultations to help employers prevent and manage occupational illness.
A Stool with Three Legs
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is fully engaged in education and research as well as clinical care. UConn Health’s mission has three parts: clinical care, education and research. We believe that each part enhances the others and that the best care is care that is constantly refined by the educational process and informed by research. We train medical students and residents in the concepts of occupational medicine so that whatever their future direction, they will be better able to recognize and manage the relationship between work and health.
In conjunction with the UConn Storrs campus, we train graduate students in bioengineering and industrial psychology. Our division has conducted many investigations sponsored by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, often under the umbrella of CPH-NEW, the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace.