Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health

Conferences/Workshops conducted by IVPSS

Major Conferences/Workshops conducted by IVPSS/COEH

Since Occupational and Environmental medicine is a new discipline and many physicians and industry experts are unaware of its scope and practice, therefore Society has undertaken hundreds of initiatives to train a large number of personnel.

Since Occupational and Environmental medicine is a new discipline and many physicians and industry experts are unaware of its scope and practice, therefore the IVPSS/COEH has undertaken many of initiatives to train a large number of personnel.

  1. Centre conducted an international conference from 17 – 19 December 2009 on “Preventing Emerging Occupational and Environmental Risks in South Asia and Beyond”. The conference was unique in the sense that it was attended by academicians, employers and workers’ representatives, regulators and government officials, students and researchers, non governmental organizations, activists and advocacy groups. The conference has come out with suggestions and recommendations which provides new vision for taking forward the environmental and occupational health movement in India. A special feature was a symposium on “Safety and Health in Building and Construction Sector”.

  2. Centre conducted a sensitization workshop on occupational health for newly recruited physicians of ESIC at Kolkata from 26 – 28 August 2009. Dr. Rahul Mukerjee, Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Birmingham Heartland hospital, U.K. was the principal faculty.

  3. Centre conducted two workshops/CME to educate and train ESIC physicians in dealing with patients of occupational health disorders.

    • First workshop was held on 25 March 2009 at Chennai. The faculty was led by the Dean, MAMC Dr. A. K. Agarwal, and included Prof. Arthur L. Frank; Dr. Joshi - Director, OEM Programme, COEH; Prof. Achal Gulati and Prof. Shelly K. Chadha, Department of ENT, MAMC and Dr. Neeraj Gupta, Medical Officer, COEH. Identifying and recognizing occupational diseases was the theme.
    • Second workshop was held at Goa for two and half days,i.e. 20 – 22 May 2009. The faculty was led by the Dean, MAMC Dr. A. K. Agarwal, and included Prof. Arthur L. Frank; Prof. Hemantha Wickramatillake; Dr. T. K. Joshi - Director, OEM Programme, COEH; Prof. Achal Gulati and Prof. Shelly K. Chadha, Department of ENT, MAMC.

    Following topics were covered during the two workshops:

    1. Identifying and recognizing occupational diseases.
    2. Approach for confirming the diagnosis of occupational illness including occupational history taking.
    3. Occupational lung disease with focus on silicosis, and asbestos related disease
    4. Upper respiratory allergies due to work place exposures
    5. Noise induced auditory and non – auditory health effects

  4. Centre conducted two five-days training for ESIC nurses in occupational health funded by WHO. First training was conducted in Delhi from 8 – 12 June 2009, and second at Kolkata from 17 – 21 July, 2009.

  5. Centre conducted a workshop at Delhi from 12 – 14 January on “Basic Concepts in Occupational and Environmental Health in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health. David C. Christiani of Harvard Medical School of Public Health was the main faculty. Secretary (Environment), Govt. of GNCT, Shri J.K. Dadoo also made a presentation. on “Greening of the Hospitals – Environmental Issues in Healthcare”. Local faculty was drawn from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Director General of Factory Advice Services and Labour Institutes, Mumbai, Office of the Chief Inspector of Factories, Delhi.

  6. A Workshop was organized by centre on 27 September 2008 at Mumbai on “Silicosis” for ESI physicians in collaboration with Drexel University, School of Public Health and Director General of National Occupational Safety and Health, Sri Lanka. The faculty comprised Dean, MAMC Dr. A. K. Agarwal, Prof. Arthur L. Frank; Dr. Hemantha Wickramatillake;T K Joshi, Director, OEM Programme, COEH and Prof. Shelly K. Chadha, Department of ENT, MAMC.

  7. COEH organized a workshop on 11 April 2008 on “Hazards and Risks in hospitals/healthcare”. The faculty comprised experts from Birmingham Heartland Hospital, UK, Prof. Sherwood Burge and his team. Participants from government as well as private hospitals and institutions participated. Their evaluation of the workshop was very encouraging.

  8. An international conference was organized on “Hazards of Asbestos Exposure” in India’ on 3rd December 2006 in collaboration with DGFASLI, Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India, and Collegium Ramazzini. Sh. S.K. Roongta, Chairman, SAIL was the Chief Guest, Sh. S.K. Saxena, Director General, and DGFASLI was the guest of honour. Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Barry Castleman, USA; Dr. Arthur Frank, USA; Dr. Elihu Richter, Israel, and Mr. Sugio Furuya, Japan

  9. A two day CME was organized on “Work related Disorders, and Hearing Conservation” on 4 – 5 December 2006 at MAMC in collaboration with DGFASLI, Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India, and Collegium Ramazzini under the Chairmanship of Dr. A.K. Agarwal, Dean, MAMC. Overseas Faculty included Dr. Barry Castleman, USA; Dr. Arthur Frank, USA; Dr. Elihu Richter, Israel and Mr. Sugio Furuya, Japan.

  10. Recent Advances in Occupational and Environmental Health: Ist-2nd April 2005: IVPSS organized a two day workshop on Ist – 2nd April 2005 at India International Centre for Industrial physicians . The faculty comprised Dr. A.K. Agarwal, Dean, MAMC, Dr. Arthur Frank, U.S.A., Dr. T.K. Joshi, COEH, IVPSS; Dr. Sumedha Pawa, Prof. Radio – Diagnosis, MAMC; Dr. M.K. Daga, Prof. Medicine, MAMC, Dr; B.S.N. Reddy, HOD, Skin & VD, MAMC; Mr. V.K. Sharma, Chief Inspector of Factories; Dr. Achal Gulati Prof. ENT MAMC; and Dr. Shelly Khanna Chaddha, Prof. ENT, MAMC.

    Recent advances in Occupational and Environment Health


  11. Project Director (Dr. T.K Joshi) made a presentation, chaired a session, and received the Award at the Global Asbestos Conference in Japan in November 2004.


  12. The International Conference on “Asbestos Exposure in India” was held on 12th September 2004, Participants and presentations were made by . Mr. Sugio Furuya (Japan), Ms. Ingrid Christensen (ILO Subregional Office for South Asia), Dr. Barry Castleman (USA), Dr. T. Rajgopal (Hindustan Lever Ltd.), Mr. Ron Moisenko (Canada), Mr. Lyle Hargrove (Canada), Dr. S. K. Agarwal (CBRI, Roorkee), Prof. S.K Agarwal (Maulana Azad Medical College), Dr. Rajiv Garg (Indian Association of Ocupational Health, IAOH), Dr. Suneela Garg (Maulana Azad Medical College) Dr. Vinod Shah (SMS Medical College, Jaipur), Dr. A.K Bahadur (Maulana Azad Medical College), Dr. V.K Arora (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India), Dr. K.S Bhagotia (Delhi Pollution Control Committee), Mr. Gopal Krishna (Toxics Link), Dr. M.K Pandhe (CITU), Dr. S.P.V.C.Rao (Hyderabad Industries Limited), Dr. J. Dunnigan (ACPMA, Canada), Dr. T.K Joshi, COEH, Representatives of industry, academic institutions, and NGOs attended the Conference.

  13. Mr. R.C. Sharma, Chief Fire Officer, New Delhi invited IVPSS to analyze the problems frequent of accidents occurring in the transport godowns storing Chemicals. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Delhi Fire Service.

  14. The Supreme Court had cited 9 cities of India for the study of environmental health. One of the city is being studied by COEH Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health on 16th – 17th January 2004: COEH organized a workshop on 16th – 17th Jan. 2004 in collaboration with Hebrew University School of Public Health and SAOEH, Dr. Beni Malenky (Hebrew University, Israel), Dr. Elihu Richter (Prof., Hebrew University, Israel), Dr. T.K Joshi, Project Director,COEH were the faculty. About 30 Participants from industr attended the workshop.

  15. Workshop on Hearing Conservation in Industry on 6th – 7th Feb. 2004 : COEH organized a workshop on 6th – 7th Feb. 2004 in collaboration with Deptt. of ENT Maulana Azad Medical College on ‘Hearing Conservation in Industry’. The faculty comprised Prof. S.K Kacker, (Former Director AIIMS), Dr. A.K Agarwal, (Prof., HOD, ENT Deptt., Lok Nayak Hosital), Dr. T.K Joshi, Project Director, COEH Dr. Achal Gulati, (Prof. ENT.), Dr. Shelly Khanna Chadha (Ass. Prof. ENT), Dr. M. P. George (DPCC), Mr. V.K Sharma, Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories, Dr. S. Ramji, Prof. Of Paediatrics, MAMC, Dr. V.K. Tuli (Indian Airlines), Mr. Qamar Ahmed (Jt. Commissioner Police, Traffic), Delhi, Mr. Sharan Sethi (Advocate), Dr. S.C. Swain (Bhilai Steel Plant).

  16. Fogarty International Research and Training Programme on Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology 1st –12th December 2003 : The two-week intensive workshop on Environmental Epidemiology was conducted by COEH MAMC, Delhi. Dr. Asheena Khalakdina (Epidemiologist, Berkeley University), Prof. Rajesh Kumar (PGI Chandigarh), Dr. Ondine von Ehrenstein (Berkeley), Dr. Sumi Mehta (WHO), Dr. Harry Caussy (WHO), Dr. Arindam Basu (Kolkata), Dr. T.K Joshi, COEH, New Delhi were the faculty. Twenty-four participants from all over India and neighbouring country of Nepal attended the workshop.

  17. Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, a specialist staff member at the Occupational Health Programme of WHO Headquarter, Geneva and Dr. Harry Caussey of WHO- SEARO visited the Centre on 1st May, 2003

  18. Workshop on “Current Strategies on Prevention of Deafness in India” on 1-2 April 2003: Organized by Dept. of ENT, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. The COEH was a co-sponsor of the workshop, which was attended by leading ENT specialists from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and other Indian cities.

  19. Workshop on Occupational, Health & Safety Management System 3rd- 4th March 2003: The COEH organized a two day workshop on Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSH-MS) focusing on importance of good management practices to ensure a high standard of occupational health and safety at workplace. The faculty included Dr. Krishna Gopal Rampal, Professor of Occupational Health, National University of Malaysia, Mr. V.K Sharma, Dy. Chief Inspector of Factories, Labour Dept . Govt. of NCT and Dr. T. K Joshi, Project Director, COEH. Participants included Industry representatives, factory inspectors, NGOs

  20. Workshop on Occupational, Health & Safety 27th – 28th Feb 2003: COEH organized a two day workshop on General Occupational Health & Safety& Industrial Hygiene Dr. Krishna Gopal Rampal, Professor of Occupational Health, National University of Malaysia, was the principal faculty along with Dr. Arindam Basu, MD, MPH (USA), Mr. V.K Sharma, Dy. Chief Inspector of Factories, Labour Deptt., Govt. of NCT Delhi and Dr. T.K Joshi, Project Director, COEH.

  21. Workshop on “Pesticide, Health & Safety” was organized on 29th – 30th November 2002 in collaboration with University of California, Berkley USA, Fogarty foundation USA and Hebrew, University Israel. DR. Ehliu Richter, Head, Public Health Dept; Hebrew University was the Course Director of this program. The participants includ ed public health physicians, pollution control board scientists, corporate executives and NGO’S from all over the country.



  22. Workshop on “Determination of Impact of Health & Vegetation Due to Air Pollution” From 11 to 15th November 2002 organized by the COEH/IVPSS in collaboration with Central Pollution Control Board at, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. This workshop was a part of World Bank Aided Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance for Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program. The representatives from various State Pollution Control Boards and Zonal Office of Central Pollution Control Board participated in the workshop.

  23. National Conference on “Impact of Environmental Pollution on Health – Problems and Solutions”. A National Conference on “Impact of Environmental Pollution on Health – Problem and Solutions” was held on August 29-30, 2002 at India International Centre, New Delhi in collaboration with International Development Centre (IDC) and Maulana Azad Medical College. Around 100 physicians, scientists from National Universities and other organizations participated. The COEH made two presentations in the conference.


  24. Symposium on National Occupational Health day: COEH organized a one day symposium on National Occupational Health Day (9th July 2002) at Escorts Heart and Research Institute in collaboration with IAOH, Delhi Chapter.


  25. Seminar on Noise Pollution – 18th May 2002: COEH organized a Seminar on Noise Pollution with Dept . Of ENT Maulana Azad Medical College in collaboration with the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) on 18 May 2002. About 50 industry representatives from industrial establishments participated.


  26. Symposium on “Health Effects of Hazardous Materials Phasing out Asbestos” was organized in association with Indian Association of Occupational Health, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and IMA Academy of Medical Specialty Delhi State held from 12/4/2002 through 13/4/2002 at India International Centre, it provided valuable information to the participants. The faculty included Dr. Barry Castleman, D.Sc. USA , Prof. Benedetto Terracini , Italy, Prof. James Leigh, Australia worlds leading pathologist on establishing diagnosis of Mesothelioma, Prof. Domyung Paek, South Korea, Ms Fernanda Giannasi, Brazil Others who spoke were Dr. Qmar Rehman of ITRC, Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi UCMS, Around 100 Participants from academies , representatives of public sector, and NGO,s attended the Symposium.


  27. “Conference on Environment and Health” The COEH organized a conference on Environment & Health from 16-18 February 2002 in collaboration with Dept of Medicine, MAMC and National Environmental Science Academy at Ahilya Bai College of Nursing Auditorium, Lok Nayak Hospital. Around 100 physicians, scientists from National and International Universities and other organizations participated in the conference.

  28. Workshop on “Pesticide, Health & Safety” was organized on 6-7th November 2001 in collaboration with University of California, Davis, USA, Fogarty foundation USA & Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. 1 Dr. MARC SCHENKER, Prof. Pesticide Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, USA was the course Adviser for this program. The participants includ ed public health physicians, pollution control board engineers, scientists, corporate official and NGO’S


  29. “Health and safety concerns in health care” a half day symposi um was organized by COEH on 17th Nov, 2001 Prof. Peter Orris, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA was the guest speaker, This event was organized in collaboration with Shristi (NGO) & Indian Association of Occupational Health – Delhi Chapter. It was attended by professionals from medical college, hospitals, occupational health physicians and NGOs. 


  30. National workshop on “Environmental Health Impact Assessment” Sponsored by Ministry of Environment & Forest GOI and WHO was conducted by COEH on 13th – 17th Feb, 2001 at India Habitat Centre New Delhi. Attended by scientists from state pollution control boards. Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, CPCB, DPCC and health professionals from Govt. of NCT Delhi.


  31. Centre helped IAOH Delhi chapter in organizing 51st National conference of Indian Association of Occupational Health, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 1-4th Feb. 2001. Centre organized one day Symposium on Hospital waste management and occupational health during the conference.


  32. 2nd Fogarty Indo-US National Workshop “Workshop on “Understanding Urban Air Pollution and Role of Diesel Exhaust” was organized from 6th – 11th Nov. 2000, at India Habitat Centre in collaboration with University of Berkley, California, Air Resource Board(CARB) U.S, & Ministry of Environment and forest Govt. of India, The faculty included world’s eminent scientists & researchers Prof. Kirk R. Smith, Dr. Michael Walsh, Dr. Bart Croes, Dr. Sanker Prasad of U.S., Participants came from Indian states Department of Labour, Health and Environment, State Pollution Control Boards, ONGC, JNU, NGO & other autonomous bodies.

  33. “National Training on Occupational & Environmental Medicine” Veteran occupational medicine expert of Australia, Prof. Wai – on – Phoon and Indian faculty conducted “National Training Programme on Occupational & Environment Medicine” from 9th - 14th October 2000. Senior clinicians attended the training. Participants from ESI, NTPC, Delhi Govt., and ONGC Ahmedabad attended Secretary Health, GNCT Delhi and MS Lok Nayak Hospital inaugurated the programme.


  34. National Training Course on Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology was organized in collaboration with Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health (COEH) Berkeley, University of Berkeley, California, in Nov.1999. Eminent Faculty from USA and India worked together actively for the success of the training.


  35. Industrial Hygiene Course organized in Collaboration with University of Queeensland, held in Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi on 19th – 26th Feb 2000. Participants were senior officers and managers from industry , DVB, NTPC, Labour and Health Department & Hospitals of GNCT Delhi.


  36. Introduction to Industrial Hygiene” was the topic of a lecture delivered on 26th Feb 2000 by Mr. John Erkins, Senior Expert from Australia COEH and Indian Association of Occupational Health – Delhi Chapter organized the event.


  37. Programme on “Improving Productivity through health and safety in Cold Storages (Cold Working Environment)” was conducted on 18th August 2000 in collaboration with Inspectorate of factories, Department of Labour, Govt. of NCT Delhi. Participants came from major cold storages like Narula, Kwality, Standard, Ashoka group of hotel, etc.


  38. “Health Effect of Vehicular Pollution” was the topic of a lecture organized in collaboration with Indian Association of Occupational Health, Delhi Chapter and Escorts Heart Research Institute, April 1999.


    Biomedical Waste Management

    Training on Biomedical Waste Management for Health Care Workers (HCW) of Govt. of NCT Delhi hospitals, Municipal Corporation Delhi, and other private institutions has been regularly conducted. Health care workers from ONGC, & Oil India Limited and NTPC have also participated. More than 12000 Health care workers have been trained till date). Centre has developed training modules for different category of HCW, e.g., physician module, module for nursing professionals and technicians and one for class IV employees.

    A one day program on BMW Management for the District Health Officer (DHO) was conducted on 16/11/2001: The District Health Officers from Rajasthan, Assam, UP, Orrisa, and MP attended the program.

    A C.M.E. on Bio-Medical Waste Management was organized on 27th July 2001 at, Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi. This was the first CME on the subject - Six credit hours by Delhi Medical Council were awarded to the attendees . The program was inaugurated by Mrs S Khullar, Secretary Environment cum Chairman DPC, Govt. of NCT Delhi. It was well attended and the participants came from state and central Govt. Hospitals as well as private sector, The faculty included Dr. Bharat Singh, MS, Lok Nayak Hospital. Dr. T.K Joshi, Prof. BSN Reddy, Prof. P. Kar, Prof. VJ Anand, Prof. Archana Thakur, Prof. B. K Dhaon Prof. A.K Ag arwal, Prof. C Dua, Prof. Reva Tripathi, Prof. Mahesh Verma, Dr. Ravinder Agarwal, Dr. F.C Taneja . Following topics were covered:- 

    • Legal Aspects of Bio Medical Waste Management, & Occupational Health and Safety in Health care sector
    • Epidemiology, Practical problems & Technology involved in Biomedical waste management.
    • Occupational Dermatoses viz-viz Biomedical Waste Management
    • Blood Borne Infections due to Biomedical Waste Management
    • Bio- Medical Waste Management issues in Operating Theatres.
    • Universal Precautions: Infection Control, Safe practices in Laboratory.
    • A panel discussion was also held. 


    IVPSS was regularly organizing monthly meetings of all the Nodal officers (BMW) of NCT Hospitals to discuss and to provide solution in implementation of these BMW Rules.

    Centre assist ed NGO’S (Shristi, International Development Centre) in conducting workshop on Environmental Health.

    The Delhi Govt. health department developed its own regulatory mechanism through the centre to monitor, and supervise Biomedical Waste Management in its all hospitals. IVPSS provided expertise to the DPCC for assessing the implementation of BMW Rules in Delhi. 

    With the COEH/ IVPSS, Australian experts conducted National Training Course on Biome dical Waste Management as part of Indo-Australian Project, in year 2000.

    Seminar on Biomedical Waste Management Organized In collaboration with Indian Association of Occupational Health - Delhi Chapter in May 1999 at MAMC.

    Seminar on Management of Hospital and Medical Waste Management was organized by Indian Environment Society (NGO) at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi 25th April 2000. Centre advised on the technical contents.

    Symposium on “Hospital Waste Management” was organized & sponsored by the Samiti in the 51st NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF IAOH held in Feb 2001 at India Habitat Center

    Current Scenario of HCW trained by IVPSS on Biomedical Waste Management Training.
    Year Total Training Programme Doctors Nurses Others Total HCW Trained
    April 1998 – March 199917 18 316 30 364
    April 1999 – March 200051 413 544 77 1034
    April 2000 – March 200135 424 692 95 1211
    April 2001 – March 2002 42 723 798 145 1666
    April 2002 – March 2003 32 400 353 261 1014
    April 2003 – March 2004 33 242 217 129 588
    April 2004 to March 2005 29 237 439 189 865
    April 2005 to March 2006 50 441 565 529 1535
    April 2006 to March 2007 29 291 220 332 843
    April 2007 to March 2008 4 173 - - 173
    April 2008 to March 2009 5 229 - - 229
    April 2009 to March 2010 52 159 826 32 1017
    April 2010 to Till Date 4 123 - 23 146
    TOTAL 382 3873 5000 1845 10718

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