Tell us about the work the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health does with the construction industry
Mount Sinai has a long history working on issues that affect the construction industry. Dr. Irving Selikoff, for whom the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health are named, began that work in the 1950s. His landmark contributions on asbestos led to the creation of OSHA and NIOSH. Today, our board certified occupational medicine physicians continue his legacy treating a variety of workers. They have expertise in conditions that are concerns for the construction industry, including asbestos-related diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, and other conditions. Our industrial hygienists and ergonomists have expertise in work site hazard assessments and monitoring, personal protective equipment, and developing site specific health and safety programs and trainings.
According to the data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 there were approximately 204,700 recordable cases of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the construction industry where 79,900 (39%) required days off work. Within the construction industry’s cases of injuries and illnesses requiring days off work, the occupations most affected were construction laborers, carpenters and electricians. The great majority of these cases were caused by being struck by an object or equipment and overexertion from lifting or lowering. The nature of the injuries and illnesses sustained were mostly soreness or pain, cuts, lacerations or punctures, bruises or contusions, and muscle sprains, strains or tears.
With the growing building construction industry in New York, the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health are dedicated to providing cutting-edge clinical services with a focus on prevention to keep workers healthy and their workplaces safe. Individuals who are injured during the course of employment, or who suffer from work-related illnesses or diseases, require specialized care. Our patient-centered approach helps individuals get better so they can return to work. We help individuals to understand their rights and responsibilities and adhere to notification requirements with their employers and government agencies, including the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
Our Services Include:
- Evaluation and Treatment of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses:
- Our physicians are leaders in the field of occupational medicine providing care to injured and ill workers and retirees in the New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Our highly skilled and multilingual team of physicians, nurse practitioners, industrial hygienist, ergonomists, and benefits specialist provide comprehensive patient-centered services.
- WTC Health Program Services: As the site of Mount Sinai’s World Trade Center Health
Program Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE), the Selikoff Centers continue to provide
medical monitoring and treatment services to workers and volunteers who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup efforts after the attacks on September 11, 2001. These workers were exposed to many toxins at the World Trade Center site and have developed medical and mental health conditions related to their exposure.
- Partnerships for Prevention: We partner with employers, unions, and other organizations to evaluate the work environment and establish integrated occupational health protection and health promotion programs. Our medical experts and outreach team members visit organizations, unions, and employers to bring quality training and education programs to the communities served by our clinical centers.
- Ergonomics and Injury Prevention: Musculoskeletal disorders are a common
source of injury in the workplace. Our ergonomist works with employers to improve
work environments and establish programs that reduce the risk of injury. Essential
components of an ergonomics initiative are teaching workers how to optimize their
workstation set up, how to use equipment properly, and the appropriate strategies
and exercises that can improve body posture.
- Industrial Hygiene: Our industrial hygienists help develop comprehensive and
effective workplace health and safety programs and design site-specific exposure
monitoring programs for physical, biological, and chemical hazards.
- Mindfulness Leadership Program: Successful organizations have leaders at every level, and effective leadership requires clarity, creativity, and balance. Our Program helps individuals cultivate these skills and develop self- awareness and resilience- essential traits for optimal decision-making. Our trained facilitators lead sessions that teach individuals practical skills that can be applied at work and home. Mindful leadership can change the morale and culture of an organization, instilling values for positive engagement and collaboration.
NEW YORK CITY
Manhattan Clinical Center
1468 Madison Avenue
Annenberg Building, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Clinical Center
690 Castleton Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10310
LOWER HUDSON VALLEY
Monroe Clinical Center
745 Route 17M, Suite 103
Monroe, NY 10950
Yonkers Clinical Center
1020 Warburton Avenue, Suite 1
Yonkers, NY 10701
For more information: www.mountsinai.org/selikoff OR call 1-888-702-0630.