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Department of Occupational Health

1.  Introduction

1. Industrial health aims at the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations. It is essentially preventive medicine applied to different industrial and non industrial occupations. In addition to conducting a regular and frequent short term courses the department also provides consultation services to different industries. The ongoing research projects of the department include effects of work conditions, occupational hazards, ergonomics and health hazards of environmental pollution.

2. After independence scarcity of trained manpower in the field of Industrial Health was felt. To fill in this vacuum this department was created in the Institute in the year 1949.DIH (Diploma in Industrial Health) was started two years later in the year 1951. Since then AIIH&PH has been continuously supplying well trained, knowledgeable and competent medical officers to Indian industries.

3. Today medical doctors with DIH qualifications from AIIH&PH are doing excellent work in innumerable industries: large and small, public and private, coal, cement, mines, oil exploration, paint, ports, air-ports, mines, nuclear establishments, railways etc.  Our students get excellent jobs in various industries in this country.

2.  Teaching Activities

 (A) Regular Course(s)
Diploma in Industrial Health (DIH)
Level:

Post-Graduate Diploma; Duration: 2 years (full time)

Affiliation/Recognition:

Recognized by the MCI (Medical Council of India)

Intake capacity: 15
[N.B: The course is presently suspended for upgradation]
(B) Short Term Courses

The Department conducts various need based short term courses on regular basis. In the year 2014-15, it has planned to organize a training programme in Office Ergonomics.

3.  Research Activities

The department is engaged in research activities in the field of health hazards evaluation in different industrial and non-industrial occupations, occupation related diseases, work physiology, ergonomics, occupational psychology, toxicology, environmental pollution and health, occupational and industrial safety. Some of the concluded research works are:

  1. An epidemiological study of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) in an urban slum area of Kolkata.
  2. Cross sectional study of association of adverse perinatal outcome with indoor air pollution and parental occupation.
  3. Occupational stress and hazard of EMU local train drivers in Eastern Railway.
  4. A study to assess the impact of mercury exposure from the hospitals.

4. Other Achievements of Last 5 Years

Felicitation

  1. Dr.Alok Vajpayee, Professor and Head was felicitated by the Indian Public Health Association on its 55th Foundation Day Ceremony on 28-09-2010.
  2. In the year 2011, Dr. Alok Vajpayee, Professor  & Head appointed as a member of Sectoral Innovation Council on Occupational Safety & Health under National Innovation Council of the Planning Commission.
  3. Professor N.N. Naskar chaired a Session at 2010 National Conference of  IAOH at Hyderabad
  4. Professor Alok Vajpayee and Prof. N. N. Naskar chaired one session each in the IPHACON2013 (South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th All India Annual Conference of IPHA on 01-03 February 2013 at Kolkata.
EMR duties
  1. Prof. Alok Vajpayee and Prof N.N. Naskar were posted for EMR duty in Assam for 15 days each in the year 2012. Dr.Alok Vajpayee, Professor and Head was posted for EMR duty in cyclone hit Odisha and
  2. Dr. N.N. Naskar, Professor was posted in Uttarakhand on EMR duty in Oct 2013. Dr Nandini Bhattacharya posted to Uttarakhand on EMR duty from 28/07/13 to 15/08/13.
  3. Professor N.N. Naskar was a member of the selection committee for the best paper under Manimay Ganguly Nation Award at 2010 Annual Conference of IAPSM (WB Chapter ).
  4. Dr. Alok Vajpayee was a member of the Organising Committee of IPHA Conference 2013.
Short Term Courses Conducted

Name

Eligibility of participants When conducted Duration

A sensitization programme on Occupational Health

Medical Officers from Eastern and South Eastern Railways

2011-12

1 day

WHO in Country Fellowship Training on Health and Safety Managers, Engineers, Medical doctors, Safety Officers 2009-10

10 days on each occasion

5. Participation in Seminar/Workshop/Conference

  1. Prof N.N. Naskar presented a paper on “Occupational Health Survey in the Community”.in National conference IPHCON, 2013 (South-East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th All India Conference of IPHA).
  2. An epidemiological study on musculoskeletal morbidity profile of Papad makers in a slum area at Chetla, Kolkata by Dr.Dwaipayan Majumdar, Dr Alok Vajpayee, Dr Gautam Ghoshal and Dr. Pratya Pratim Datta.  Abstract published in the Souvenir of IPHACON 2013. (South-East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th All India Conference of IPHA).
  3. Professor N. N. Naskar chaired a session at 2013 National Conference of IAOPH at Hyderabad.
  4. Professor Alok Vajpayee and Prof.N.N.Naskar chaired one session each in the IPHACON2013 (South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th All India Annual Conference of IPHA on 01-03 February 2013 at Kolkata.
  5. Prof N.N.Naskar presented a paper on “Occupational Health assessment process in the community” in UGC Seminar at Department of applied psychology Science College University of Kolkata in July, 2012.
  6. Prof N.N.Naskar presented a paper “Occupational Health Hazards in steel industry” in Durgapur steel plant in March, 2012.
  7. Prof N.N.Naskar published special article on “Physical Activity in Occupational Health Care” in August-September, 2012 issue in the Journal ‘Kaleidoscope’ of standing conference of Public Enterprise.
  8. Prof. N.N. Naskar attended All India Indian Association of PSM Conference from 27th to 29th Feb., 2012.  
  9. Dr. Alok Vajpayee, a member of Planning Commission’s National Innovation Council in Occupational Safety and Health attended its meeting in New Delhi on 27.04.12. 
  10. A research paper entitled – “A study on  awareness of global warming among School Students at Kolkata” was presented at 2011 Annual National Conference of Indian Association of Occupational Health at Baroda with Professor N.N. Naskar as a Co-author.
  11. Prof N.N. Naskar attended the 2011 Annual National Conference of Indian Association of Occupational Health at Baroda, Gujrat.
  12. Knowledge, attitude and practice related to malaria among slum dwellers in Chetla, Kolkata by Dr Pratyay Pratim Datta, Dr. Dwaipayan Majumdar, Dr.Onkarnath Chattopadhyay and Dr. Alok Vajpayee. Presented at 54th Annual National Conference of Indian Public Health Association, 22-24 January 2010, at Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam.
  13. A study on shift work related health problems of workers of a beverage industry of West Bengal. By Debjit Chakraborty, Sabyasanchi Ghorai, Alok Vajpayee and Narendranath Naskar; presented at 60th National Conference of the Indian Association of Occupational Health, 3-6 February 2010 at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.
  14. Knowledge, attitude and practice related to Dengue among slum dwellers in Chital, Kolkata by Dr. Dwaipayan Majumdar, Dr. Pratyay Pratim Datta, Dr. Alok Vajpayee, Dr. Narendranath Naskar and Dr. Onkarnath Chattopadhyay; presented at 60th National Conference of the Indian Association of Occupational Health, 3-6 February 2010 at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.
  15. Study on knowledge and practice regarding prevention and control of diabetes mellitus among shopkeepers in an area of North Kolkata. By Anup Ratan Pal, Shekhar Ranjan Paul, Narendra Nath Naskar, Alok Vajpayee and Goutam Ghoshal; presented at 60th National Conference of the Indian Association of Occupational Health, 3-6 February 2010 at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.
  16. A study on HIV awareness in Secondary school Teachers in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal by Dr Sabyasanchi Ghorai; presented at 60th National Conference of the Indian Association of Occupational Health, 3-6 February 2010 at Taj Krishna,Hyderabad.
  17. Awareness of Dengue and Chikungunya among unorganised sector workers living in a  slum in Chetla area of Kolkata Dr. Dwaipayan Majumdar, Dr. Pratyay Pratim Datta, Nilanjan Gangopadhyay, Dr. Alok Vajpayee, and Dr. Onkarnath Chattopadhyay; presented at 28th annual Conference of the Indian Society for Medical Statistics, 15 November 2010 at National Institute of Health  and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
  18. Dr Gautam Ghoshal attended -Post-Conference Workshop on “Participatory Ergonomics: How to Ensure Everyone Has to Say…….” The International Ergonomics Conference (HWWE 2009) at Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata (20th Dec 2009).
  19. Dr Gautam Ghoshal attended – International Ergonomics Conference “Humanizing Work and Work Environment-Ergonomics for Everyone” (HWWE 2009) at Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.
  20. Dr Gautam Ghoshal attended – Pre-Conference Workshop on “Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders” The International Ergonomics Conference (HWWE 2009) at Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata (16th Dec 2009).
  21. Dr Gautam Ghoshal attended -Seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Dietary Management of Diseases (Part-II )” at Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, 14th to 15th February 2009, Organised by International College of Nutrition, Calcutta Chapter.

6. Faculty

Sl. No.

Name

Designation

Educational Qualification

Area of expertise

1

 Dr. Alok Vajpayee

Professor & Head

MD(PSM)

Epidemiology, Occupational Health

2

 Dr.S.Mitra

Professor

MD(PSM)

Epidemiology

3

 Mrs. Sharmila Sanyal

Associate Professor

M.Sc. (Physiology)

Respiratory Physiology and Ergonomics

4

 Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya

Medical Officer (CHS)

MBBS,DIH

Occupational Health

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health