Regional Occupational Health Centre (Eastern), Kolkata is a permanent Centre under ICMR - National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad. Regional Occupational Health Centre (Eastern), Kolkata, was declared open by Prof. V. Ramalingaswamy, the then Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, on 19th January 1980 in the premises of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta. Later on it was located at Serologists and Chemical Examiner to Govt. of India building at 3, Kyd Street in a more spacious place. Subsequently the Centre was shifted to its own building complex at Salt Lake City, Kolkata in the year 1997.
The Centre is meant for the States and Union Territories of Eastern India. The main activities of the Centre are undertaking research, providing service and imparting Training on Occupational Health and its allied disciplines. The magnitude of occupational health problems of workers engaged in the various industrial sectors is to be explored thoroughly and possible remedial measures to be suggested. The Centre has been created with the basic objectives of prevention, preservation and promotion of the health of the working community in this part of India. The Centre has been designated as the advanced centre for dust diseases. Besides occupational health, the environmental health issues are also looked into by the Centre.
The Centre has already carried out different studies in the important industries namely mica processing, jute processing, tea processing, coal mines both underground and surface mining, lead and aluminum smelting plant, storage grain handlers, automobile transport workers, garage workers, workers engaged in stone crushers, bidi manufacturing workers, traffic police personnel, petrol pump workers, cycle rickshaw pullers etc. The Centre has developed a newly designed cycle rickshaw based on ergonomic principle which has been patented. The Centre also carried out a number of studies on the arsenic exposed population in West Bengal and fluoride exposed population in endemic areas of Orissa. The Centre also carried out a number of metacentric projects with NIOH and ROHC(S) on occupational and environmental health.
The Centre conducted training programmes on occupational health for industrial medical officers and other allied professionals. The Centre organized seminars, conferences, workshops, symposium and awareness programmes in different occasions. Scientists of the Centre have been recognized as PhD guides and faculties of different universities like University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, Indian School of Mines University, Vidyasagar University and Kalyani University. So far about ten students have been awarded PhD degree from this Centre and about 180 research publications published in various National and International journals and books. The Centre has rendered services to different industries on various aspects of occupational health.