It was in the steel city of Jamshedpur in the year 1948, that three visionaries of Industrial Medicine as it was known then, nurtured an idea of establishing a national scientific forum where problems related to Industrial Medicine could be discussed. The visionaries were Lt. J.R. Kochar, Col. Najib Khan and Maj. R.C. Tarapore. It was through their relentless efforts that the ‘Society for the study of Industrial Medicine’ (SSIM) India was ceremonially baptized on 9th July 1948, with an initial founder membership of 28. At the very first meeting, these three doyens were elected as the first torchbearers of the organization.

The objectives of the society were described as:

The society, not been aimed as an exclusive origination of physicians working in industry, included safety engineers, personnel and welfare officers, occupational nurses and ESIS panel doctors. As a matter of fact, it was meant for all persons connected with promotion and maintenance of health and safety of workers engaged in all types of industries, railways, armed forces and other government and public departments. Further, the industrial establishments were also invited to be institutional members.

The society since then has grown steadily in stature and strength. From a mere figure of 28 to start with, our membership is over 3000. This has been achieved by establishing branches allover the country. We have branches at Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Ankleshwar, Delhi, Dhanbad, Duliajan, Goa, Haryana, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Orissa, Pune, Surat, Tamil Nadu, Thane Raigad, Vadodara, Vapi Silvassa, West Bengal & Vidarbha. With a view to enlarging the scope of activities and in conformity with the modern trend, the name of the society underwent a change in 1970, to its present name – ‘Indian Association of Occupational Health’ (IAOH).


IAOH is committed to enable occupational health professionals to make India’s work places healthy, safe and green – free from the ill effects of hazards, by evolving effective solutions; to be the nodal non-governmental organization committed to attain highest standards of health in India by enabling stake holders, influencing policy makers and creating community consciousness.


Industrial disasters of the past have been stark pointers to the damage which can be caused by industry to people’s health and eco systems. Industry is necessary for a better quality of life and essential for progress.  But hazards have always been an inevitable bye-product of industrialization, posing a threat to health, safety and environment. A definitive action in called for to mitigate and eliminate these hazards and our association plays a pioneering role towards achieving this objective.



IAOH has over 3000 occupational health physicians, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, social workers and counselors to realize our future vision. In addition to strengthening our current activities, we plan to expand our scope to address the following broad objectives.