Department of Occupational Health


Occupational Health


After India’s independence, there was a scarcity of trained manpower in the field of occupational and industrial health. To address this, the Department of Occupational Health was established at the AIIH&PH in 1949 and the DIH (Diploma in Industrial Health) program was launched in the same year.

Since then, AIIH&PH has been continuously supplying well-trained, knowledgeable, and competent medical officers to Indian industries. Today, medical doctors with DIH qualifications from AIIH&PH are doing excellent work in a wide range of industries, including large and small, public and private, coal, cement, mines, oil exploration, paint, ports, airports, mines, nuclear establishments, and railways. Our students obtain excellent jobs in various industries in this country.

The department has trained numbers of medical officers, who have gone on to work in a variety of industries. The department has also conducted research on occupational health hazards and has developed guidelines for preventing these hazards. The department has also played a key role to raise awareness of occupational health issues among employers and workers

Teaching Activities

 Regular Courses

  • Post Graduate Certificate Course in Industrial Health – Associate Fellow of Industrial Health”. (A.F.I.H.),which has been approved by DGHS, to be conducted from the months of August-November. Prospectus to be released soon.

 Short Training Programmes Conducted

  • One day Training program on “Occupational health practice” for qualified Nurses at Ramkrishna Mission Nursing college, Behala on 29thApril 2023
  • One-day educational visit to AIIH&PH and Seminar on ILO Radiographs for the AFIH-2023 trainee doctors of Regional Labour Institute Kolkata on 17thMay 2023
  • Training programme on “Personal Protective Equipment” for seed processing unit at Purba Bardhaman on 13th June 2023
  • Training Programme on “Prevention of Occupational Hazards and Industrial Ergonomics in Aeronautical industry” at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Barrackpore division, for 50 aeronautical engineers and technicians on 05th September 2023
  • One day Training Program on “Occupational Safety and First Aid Training” for staffs at Seed Processing Plant at Purba Bardhaman on 12th September 2023
  • Three-day Foundation Course on “Occupational Health and Safety” for medical graduates at AIIH&PH, Kolkata (B.N. Campus) from 6th December 2023 to 8th December 2023
  • One Day Training Programme on “Basics of Occupational Health and Safety” for Engineers from RLI, Kolkata was conducted on 5th January 2024
  • Other Regular Activities

  • Faculty of this department is continuously involved in teaching and field training of students of all regular courses conducted by the Institute (viz.- M.D., D.H.P.E., M.P.H., P.G.D.P.H.M., M.V.P., M Sc MCH, M Sc ,H P E, HDip.Diet. and M.Sc.-Applied Nutrition courses)
  • Faculty members from this department are included in various academic and administrative committees of this Institute.

New Initiatives

Occupational Health Laboratory was rejuvenated and inaugurated on 03.01.2024 by DGHS, Prof. (Dr.)Atul Goel.

  • Collaboration with UNSW regarding Certificate Course in Occupational Health has been proposed.


MS Dr. Monalisha Sahu
Associate Professor
Head of the Department (Acting) from 01/03/2023
Mobile No.: +91 9873927966
Area of expertise: Occupational Medicine, Environmental Health, Climate Change.
Mrs_Nandini  Dr. Nandini Bhattacharyya
Senior Medical Officer
Mobile No.: +91 9143036926
Area of expertise: Occupational Health
Dr. Bismita Nath, General Duty Medical Officer, MBBS
Mobile No: 91 9123945861
Area of expertise: Occupational Health Illnesses.
 Ningombam Dr. Ningombam Joenna Devi, Assistant Professor
Phone No:9863858093
Area of expertise: Occupational Health.


Other Members

Designation Number Activities performed
Stenographer(Ms. Anushree Kundu) 1 Secretarial Assistance
Technician(Mr. Pradip Roy) 1 Lab activities
MTS(Mr. Debjit Sarkar) 1 Support Service


  1. Measuring Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Health in the Background of Multiple Disadvantages: A Scoping Review for Equitable Public Health Policy Formulation| Journal of Prevention|MonalishaSahu, Biswadip Chattopadhyay, RanjanDas,Sakshi Chaturvedi
  2. A Critical Take on Sustaining Precautionary Behaviors for COVID-19|Medical Journal of Dr D Y PatilVidyapeeth|MadhumitaDobe, Arista Lahiri Monalisha Sahu, Sweety Suman Jha
  1. A study on risk perception, cognitive awareness and emotional responses to identify unmet training needs of frontline health care workers for COVID-19 containment in India| South Eastern European Journal for public Health|MadhumitaDobe, MonalishaSahu, ChandrashekharTaklikar, Shibani Dutta
  2. Revised socioeconomic status scales for the year 2021|Medical Journal of Dr D Y PatilVidyapeeth|MonalishaSahu, Arpita Das, Biswadip Chattopadhyay, Madhumita Bhattacharyya
  3. The Global One Health Environment A Learning Module edited by 1HOPE-GPA (Governance, Policy, Advocacy)|One Health|MonalishaSahu
  4. The Influence of Electromagnetic Field Pollution on Human Health: A Systematic Review|Siriraj Medical Journal|MonalishaSahu, ShyambhaveeBehera, Biswadip Chattopadhyay
  5. How the Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India, fought Corona| SEEJPH|MadhumitaDobe, MonalishaSahu
  6. Structural Vulnerability and Epidemiology of COVID-19 in India-A Socio-epidemiological Approach for Health Promotion| SEEJPH | Monalisha Sahu, Madhumita Dobe, Kartikey Yadav
  7. How the largest slum in India flattened the COVID curve? A Case Study| SEEJPH | Monalisha Sahu, Madhumita Dobe
  8. Occupational Stress, Job Burnout and Associated Factors in Doctors of Government Hospitals in Delhi, India| Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|MonalishaSahu
  9. While all Eyes Are Set on Delhi, Kolkata Sitting on Ticking Time Bomb of Air Pollution| Journal of Advanced Research in Medical Science & Technology| Monalisha Sahu
  10. A Process Evaluation on Exploring the Modular Task-Sharing Intervention of Frontline Social Health Activists ‘Sahiya’ for Improving Women’s Health Through Family Planning Counselling Services in Jharkhand, India| Journal of Women’s Health| Monalisha Sahu
  11. Nipah 2.0: The virus reiterates back in Kerala| Indian Journal Of Hygiene & Public Health| Monalisha Sahu

Research Work

Dr. Monalisha Sahu acted as:

  • PI in Ford Foundation Grant “Solastalgia and Quality of Life in People Residing on the Fringes of Climate Change and Environmental Disruptions in the Sundarbans: A Mixed Method Study”
  • Co-PI for “Health ageing for indigenous communities in India and Sweden with focus on nutritious and culturally adequate food provision.
  • Thesis Guide for MD Thesis titled “Assessment of Climate Anxiety and Associated Factors Among Adults Residing in a Riverine Area of Sundarbans, West Bengal”
  • These Guide for MD Thesis titled “A Study on The Morbidity Profile of Traffic Police Personnel of Kolkata, West Bengal”
  • Project Guide for Short project titled “Heat Related Illness and Coping mechanisms among Street Vendors working in a Slum area of South Kolkata- A Cross-sectional Community-based Study”
  • Project Guide for Short Project titled “A Community-based Cross-sectional Study on Heat-Related Illness and Adaptations among Farmworkers in a Rural area of Singur Block, W.B”
  • Project Guide for Short Project titled “Motivation Among Community Health Officers (CHOs) in South 24 Pargana District in West Bengal: A Cross-Sectional Study”
  • Project Guide for Short Project titled “Morbidity profile in Seed processing Unit workers”.

Conference/Seminars/Workshop Attended

  • Dr. Monalisha Sahu:
    • 67th Annual Conference of IPHA 2023 held at Kolkata as Scientific committee member and chair for oral paper session
    • HOPECON 2023 held at Kolkata
    • Annual review meeting of APHO PHO meet at Tiruchirapalli.
    • Orientation Program on application of Digital Solutions & Technology in Healthcare & Research organized by WBUHS
    • Webinar on “Impact on clean water in fighting Hygiene and Sanitation, NCDs and Chronic Water Borne Disease”
    • Attended the Golden Jubilee Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) held from 2nd to 4th February2023 held at NIN Hyderabad
    • Attended Annual review meeting of Regional Offices from 23rd to 24th February 2023at AIIH&PH, B.N.Campus, Kolkata
    • Attended Annual review meeting of all Point of Entries (POEs) meet at Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu.
    • Virtually Attended Environment Health Cell Working Group meeting hosted by Min. of Environment, Forests & Climate change
    • Annual National Conference of Indian Public Health Association IPHACON (7th to 9th April 2023) in Kolkata
    • Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine IAPSMCON West Bengal Chapter (September 8th and 9th, 2023) at IPGME&R and SSKM Hospital
    • Annual Conference of Indian Public Health Association IPHACON (West Bengal Chapter) from 5th to 6th August 2023 in Kolkata.
    • Attended HOPECON 2023 held at ITC Royal, Kolkata.
    • Attended a one-day workshop on National Standards for Civil Service Training Institutions (NSCSTI) organized by Capacity Building Commission (CBC) at SKIPA, Ranchi.
    • CME program on Occupational Health by Indian Association of Occupational Health Kolkata
    • Virtually Attended National Consultation On “Air Pollution and Health in India – Actions for moving forward on Science, Policy, Programme and Community engagement” Friday, 17 November 2023 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
    • Attended the Bengal Global Business Summit BGBS 2023 on 22nd November 2023 at the DhonoDhanyo Auditorium, Kolkata.


Monalisha Sahu acted as

  • Examiner for AFIH-2023 Practical Examination at RLI-Kolkata.
  • Examiner of PGDPHM Exam

Field Activities/Programmes Undertaken

  • Awareness programme for prevention of occupational hazards in Bidi rolling workers of Sighevery and Rupnarayan Village, Singur, Hooghly on 10th March, 2023.
  • Awareness programme on Swachh Bharat Mission at Janakalyan Samiti, singur block in collaboration with RHUTC Singur on 10th March, 2023 in collaboration with RHUTC, Singur
  • Awareness programme on “World Tsunami day” on 03/11/2023 at Raidighi, South 24 Parganas. In collaboration with Dept. of PSM.

Training Programme on Usage of Personal Protective Equipment in seed Processing Unit at Purba Bardhaman

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Annual Review Meeting of Regional Offices 2022-23



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Annual POE Meeting at Tiruchirapalli 

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Awareness Programme of Bidi Rolling Workers

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Visit to RLI Kolkata


IAPSM Ford Foundation Research Work Field

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One day Training program on “Occupational health practice” for qualified Nurses at Ramkrishna Mission Nursing college, Behala on 29th April 2023

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