About ICOH

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The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. It was founded in 1906 in Milan as the Permanent Commission on Occupational Health. Today, ICOH is the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 93 countries.

The ICOH is recognised by the United Nations as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and has close working relationships with ILO, WHO, UNEP and ISSA. Its official languages are English and French. The most visible activities of ICOH are the triennial World Congresses on Occupational Health, which are usually attended by some 3,000 participants. The 2000 Congress was held in Singapore, the 2003 Congress in Iguassu Falls (Brazil), the 2006 Centennial Congress was held in Milan (Italy), the 2009 Congress was held in Cape Town (South Africa), the 2012 Congress in Cancun (Mexico), the 2015 Congress is scheduled in Seoul (Rep. of Korea) while the 2018 Congress venue shall be Dublin (Ireland). ICOH has 35 Scientific Committees. Most of these committees have regular symposia, scientific monographs and review the abstracts submitted to the International Congresses.

To be able to serve the ICOH members in the most accurate way, several Committees have been established: a Finance Committee, an Ethics and Transparency Committee, a Scientific Advisory Committee. Furthermore, there are several Task Groups on: Information, Membership, Constitution Bye-laws and Guidelines, Social Determinants and Occupational Health and a Network on International Communication and Information Technology. Four working groups have been established on: Occupational Infectious Agents, Participatory Approaches in Occupational Health, Implementation of the Global Strategy of Occupational Health for All with a special reference to global ban of asbestos, Elimination of Asbestos-related Diseases and Infectious diseases, Young Workers and Child Labour.

ICOH operates in consideration of the overriding importance of permanent training and education of experts in order to face the rapidly changing world of work, the need to develop occupational health services throughout the world (including the development and dissemination of basic occupational health services - BOHS), the importance of creating BOHS guidelines, tools, training, and pilot projects and the intention of making a global survey on the OHS situation in ICOH member countries. Cooperation with WHO, ILO and other NGO partners is among the priorities of the current ICOH Strategy.

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ICOH - Secretariat General

C/o INAIL, Research Area
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology and Hygiene
Via Fontana Candida, 1
00040 Monteporzio Catone (Rome) Italy
Tel: +39 06 94 18 15 06
Fax: +39 06 94 18 15 56
E-mail: icoh@inail.it