Overview

By supplementing the treatment primary care physicians and specialists provide to patients, our specialty offers particular insight into how job tasks and work environments impact health. Specifically, we help:

  • Implement changes to job tasks and the environment to reduce hazardous exposures
  • Address concerns patients express related to toxins, chemicals, and other everyday exposures as wide ranging as mercury in fish to mold in the basement

Clinical services and assessments

Environmental Exposures: Assessment and Management

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Occupational asthma (clinical assessment of environmental causes of new onset and exacerbations, as well as home and workplace risk assessments)
  • Mold and building-related illnesses, home and workplace assessments
  • Asbestos surveillance exams

Indoor Air Quality Issues

  • Pollutants
  • Radon
  • Mold exposure home or workplace
  • Respiratory irritants
  • Carbon monoxide

Other Work Environment/Exposure Assessments

  • Repetitive strain and work-related injuries
  • Pesticide exposure
  • Reproductive and infertility concerns in regards to exposures and chemicals

Toxicity Concerns from Consumer Items

  • Cell/smart phones
  • Toys
  • Food/water exposures
  • Cleaning agents

Other Work/Home Evaluations and Assessments

  • Assessing return-to-work readiness after injury/illness
  • Pre-employment, fitness for duty, and commercial driver license (CDL) evaluations
  • Jobsite evaluations for health and safety (with company consent)
  • Onsite home evaluations for potential harmful exposures
  • Illness and injuries from job tasks or work environments

Education and prevention services

Northwell Health's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center offers a wide range of prevention, education and treatment programs on Long Island, New York, for businesses and employees, including on-site health fairs, annual flu vaccines, healthy lifestyle campaigns and mental health services.

Environmental medicine services

Specialists at Northwell Health's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center serve as a consultative resource for clinicians and patients facing environmental exposures including:

  • Heavy metals (lead, mercury, cobalt, arsenic, etc.) – These toxins enter the human body through breathing, drinking and skin absorption. 
  • Mold and other indoor air quality concerns – Exposure to mold in the workplace can cause respiratory tract symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and sinus problems in otherwise healthy people. It can also cause asthma symptoms in people with asthma.
  • Asbestos-related lung diseases – Widely used in many industries in the past, asbestos consists of tiny fibers that can escape into the air. When breathed in, these fibers can stay in your lungs for a long time and lead to diseases such as:
    • Pleural plaque (thickening and hardening around the lungs)
    • Pleural effusion (excess fluid buildup between the lungs and the chest wall)
    • Asbestosis (scarring of the lungs)
    • Mesothelioma (cancer of the pleura)
  • Chemical exposures to toxins such as pesticides, solvents, pollutants and other hazardous substances