Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health
Director / Head:
Dr Sunil Kumar
National Institute of Occupational Health
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
(91-79) 2268 6351 / 2268 6352 / 2268 6359
(91-79) 2268 6110
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- TOR 1: To generate evidence base for implementation and evaluation of national action plans on workers’ health. Emphasis on research and raising awareness on prevention of dust, and asbestos related diseases (based on GPA objective 1);
1. Scope of OSH development in informal occupations in rural India;
2. National profiles of health risks of professionals in IT enabled services
3. Prevention of dust related diseases
4. Health hazards resulting from use of chrysotile asbestos.
(Proposed activites of NIOH will manifest in different micro-level research initiatives, during the specified period. Scientific advisory committee of the NIOH reviews research programmes on yearly basis and formulate specific programmes. This statement applies to all the TORs proposed).
- TOR 2: To develop research based knowledge and practical approaches for assessment and management of OSH risks and implementation of healthy workplace programme (based on GPA objective 2).
1. Research on exposure to organic solvents, isocyanate, phosgene, carbon di-sulphide, volatile organic compounds and other persistent chemicals, in order to establish toolkits and guidelines of exposure.
2. Health risk assessment of workers in informal occupations in rural India, waste disposal workers, etc.
3. Healthy workplace promotion programme
- TOR 3: To undertake programme on skill development for OSH delivery at vulnerable working sectors, including women and children (based on GPA objective 3).
1. Skill development for OSH delivery
2. Awareness programme
3. OSH database
- TOR 4: To promote networking for longitudinal research and application on emerging OSH and environmental issues, including climate change (based on GPA objective 4).
1. Longitudinal study on climate change, with reference to vulnerability to heat stress.
2. Indoor and outdoor air pollution studies
3. Mechanistic studies on lead toxicity
- TOR 5: To engage in cost-benefit studies of workers’ health (based on GPA objective 5).
1. Socio-economic analysis of vulnerable working groups, in relation to the magnitude of health risks and disease burden;
- To undertake national and regional work on workers' health, on an evolving basis for WHO.
NIOH will to continue to engage in skill development activities in the region.
- Occupational health
Types of activity:
- Information dissemination
- Training and education
WHO organization wide expected result:
8.3 - Technical assistance and support provided to Member States for strengthening national occupational and environmental health risk management systems, functions and services.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork