An occupational medicine doctor specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries, illnesses, and harmful exposures in workers. Occupational medicine doctors promote wellness among workers and manage occupational disability. An occupational medicine doctor may work as a clinician with patients, as a researcher or educator, or in a combination of roles to ensure a healthy workforce and a safe work environment.
An occupational medicine doctor encourages a healthy workforce through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. To this end, an occupational medicine doctor typically:
Ensures employees comply with health and safety regulations
Reduces workplace hazards
Performs ergonomic assessments to prevent injury and disability among workers
Performs tests to determine an employee's physical and emotional fitness for work or ability to return to work
Provides medical care to patients who are injured while working
Provides immunizations and other preventive health services
Conducts epidemiological and statistical research to assess health trends among a workforce
An occupational medicine doctor may also be known by the following names: occupational and environmental medicine doctor, occupational doctor, occupational health provider, and industrial medicine doctor.
There are 837 specialists practicing Occupational Medicine in California with an overall average rating of 3.4 stars. There are 106 hospitals in California with affiliated Occupational Medicine specialists, including Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, Mercy General Hospital and Northbay Medical Center.