Fact Sheets and Resources
What is Occupational Medicine?
Occupational medicine is about keeping workers healthy and workplaces safe. Employees injured during the course of employment, or who suffer from work-related illnesses or diseases should seek an evaluation from an occupational health physician.
Respiratory and dermal symptoms and illnesses can occur from use of cleaning products that contain substances such as disinfectants and solvents. Toxicants in these products can cause long-term health problems.
- QACs: Information for Cleaners: QACs are a type of chemical found in cleaning products that may cause skin and respiratory irritations.
- QACs: Information for Health Professionals: QACs are disinfectants used alone or added to cleaning products, such as: dishwashing liquids, hand soaps, window cleaners, “all-purpose” cleaners, etc. Their frequent use may cause skin and respiratory irritation.
Injuries and illness most prevalent in the construction industry include musculoskeletal disorders resulting from slips, trips, and falls, as well as long-term health complications resulting from exposure to asbestos, silica, wood dust, welding fumes, etc.
- Asbestos Health Facts: Asbestos is a group of mineral fibers that when inhaled can cause scar tissue to form on the lungs, resulting in long-term health complications.
- Lead Exposure: Lead is a toxic metal found in construction and manufacturing products. Lead exposure can cause adverse health effects in the short- and long-term.
- Medium Density Fiberboard: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a type of composite wood containing a resin product with formaldehyde. Prolonged formaldehyde exposure can negatively impact health.
- PCB Exposure: Polychlorinated biphenyls are man-made chemicals found in common building materials, including paint, old fluorescent light ballasts, and caulking.
- Manganese Exposure: Manufacturing and welding can lead to manganese fumes emissions. If inhaled, it may cause long-term respiratory and neurological illness.
- Personal Protective Equipment for Female Construction Workers: Recommendations for PPE fitting for women.
Ergonomic intervention in the workplace can reduce the risks of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries.
- Computer Workstation Set-Up: Tips to reduce your risk for injuries such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back strain that result from a poor workstation set-up.
- Ergonomics at Work: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading type of injury in the workplace.
- Repetitive Strain Injury: Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are conditions often caused by repetitive motions straining parts of the body.
Food and Restaurant Service
Restaurants involve jobs that are fast-paced, repetitive, and physically demanding. Restaurant workers experience a high prevalence of burns and cuts, musculoskeletal injuries associated with slips, trips, and falls, and even chemical exposures.
- Health and Safety for Food Service Workers: Maintaining a safe workplace for food service workers not only reduces injuries, but also can lead to improved employee satisfaction, strengthen workplace relationships, and increase employee success.
- Health and Safety for Food Service Workers en Español [PDF]
Health care workers are at a higher risk for infections and diseases, as well as musculoskeletal injuries.
- Blood Exposure Incident: People who work in hospitals are at a high risk for blood exposure. Blood may contain microbes that can cause infections.
- MRSA: MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is commonly carried on the skin and in the noses of healthy people. It can cause infections that need medical attention for relief.
- Elemental Mercury Exposure Incident: Mercury is an easily vaporized metal. When inhaled, it may contribute to cardiovascular, neurological, and skin conditions.
Exposure to chemicals in nail salons may cause long-term health complications for salon workers.
- Information for Medical Providers Treating Pregnant Salon Workers: Learn how to reduce a patient’s exposure to chemicals within the nail salon.
- Information for Pregnant Salon Workers: Suggestions for how to reduce a nail salon worker’s exposure to chemicals in the workplace.
Workers in transportation are at a high risk for micro-level air pollutants. Frequent exposure to these pollutants may contribute to cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
- Diesel Exhaust Exposure: Diesel exhaust (DE) is a mixture of gases and tiny particles that is emitted by the engines of diesel-powered vehicles. The gases and particles in DE contain many toxins that are harmful to one’s health.
Occupational Health and Safety Agencies and Organizations
- Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health (NACOSH)
- National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH)
- New York State Public Employee Safety and Health Unit (PESH)
- New York State Workers’ Compensation Board
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Selikoff Centers at Mount Sinai
Manhattan Clinical Center
1468 Madison Avenue
Annenberg Building, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10029 map
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Staten Island, NY 10310 map
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Monroe, NY 10950 map
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Yonkers, NY 10701 map
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