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OHSI is a dynamic service agency bringing to bear the skills of UI Health 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. We provide comprehensive occupational and environmental health and safety services to individuals, communities and institutions. Our clients include major corporations, small businesses, unions, governmental agencies, municipalities, attorneys and communities.

OHSI has provided occupational and environmental health services to clients ranging from local industries and unions to international agencies. Our services are provided on a not-for-profit, fee-for-service or contract basis. Proceeds from the Institute are used to fund education, research, and outreach programs of the Great Lakes Centers.

The 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. The Institute exists to achieve the service mission of the Great Lakes Centers. Issues of environmental justice are central to our mission. While we take a universal approach to improving, promoting, and maintaining the health of workers and communities, we devote special attention to the problems and needs of minority and disadvantaged workers and communities, the specific occupational and environmental safety and health needs of our region, and to the development of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing these needs.

The Institute exists to achieve the service mission of the Great Lakes Centers. Issues of environmental justice are central to our mission. While we take a universal approach to improving, promoting, and maintaining the health of workers and communities, we devote special attention to the problems and needs of minority and disadvantaged workers and communities, the specific occupational and environmental safety and health needs of our region, and to the development of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing these needs.