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OEHC in Action

A 45-year-old man employed in a furniture manufacturing factory was referred to OEHC with symptoms that included progressive fatigue at the end of workdays. He felt somewhat better after a weekend. After three years on the job, he suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack) and has not been able to return to work.

His work involved spray painting solvents, including some that contained methylene chloride, in a three-sided booth that did not have local exhaust ventilation. Much of the time he worked up to 50 hours per week.

Our physician conducted a thorough examination using the ATSDR guidelines, which includes exposure, work, environmental and cultural histories. With this information our physician was able to identify the specific exposures, reviewed the appropriate MSDS forms and was able to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the best course of treatment. OEHC was then able to make the best Workers' Compensation case possible, one that contained all of the necessary medical and scientific documentation.

When your doctors don't understand what you do at work, they're missing important information, because many medical conditions may be job-related.

We don't think you should have to choose between your job and your health.

  • Do your hands, wrists or neck, ache, tingle or feel numb?

  • Do you work with asbestos, solvents, lead or other potentially dangerous materials?

  • Do you have difficulty breathing when on the job?

  • Are you concerned that substances you work with could affect your health or the health of your family?

  • Is your work repetitive, involve tasks done in awkward positions, or with forceful exertion?

If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, you should call OEHC for an appointment.

Our telephone number is 1-518-690-4420.
Our office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

After hours, leave a message and we will return your call the same or next business day.

OEHC can provide a medical evaluation (for you and your co-workers) to determine if your health problems may be related to your work activities or your work environment.

For People With Work-Related Illness and Injury

Work shouldn't hurt!

OEHC can help if:
  • You think something about your work is unhealthy.
  • You need information.
  • Several people in your workplace have similar health problems.
  • Your health and safety committee has found a problem it needs help solving.
OEHC provides four types of services:
  1. A medical diagnostic service for workers who may have work-related health problems
  2. An inquiry service to answer workplace health and safety questions
  3. An education and training service to help employees become aware of health and safety issues
  4. An industrial hygiene service to investigate workplace conditions that may contribute to work-incurred injury and illness and to conduct industrial hygiene training programs
Who can use our clinic services?
Anyone who believes they have a work-related or environmental illness or injury can call OEHC for more information and to make an appointment. Physicians and other medical providers, attorneys, employers and union representatives can also make referrals to OEHC for a medical evaluation of a suspected work-related or environmental illness or injury.

We can provide second opinions or independent medical evaluations for existing work-related medical problems.

Who pays for these services?
OEHC accepts workers' compensation and all health insurance plans. If required by your health insurance plan, obtain a referral from your primary care physician. We participate with most health insurance programs. No one will be denied services, regardless of insurance plan or lack of coverage.

Taking the first step
To schedule an appointment with one of our occupational medicine specialists or to obtain information on occupational health and safety issues, please call 1-518-690-4420 or 1-800-419-1230, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Voice mail is available after hours.

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