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A History of the Institute



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The Institute was formed on the 1st of June 1950  as a Central Silesian Institute of Occupational Medicine in Zabrze-Rokitnica acting within the  structures of Silesian Medical Academy. Two years later it  was renamed as  the  State Institute of Occupational Medicine of Silesian Medical Academy. Cabinet’s resolution  of  30.01.1954  separated the Institute  from the  Silesian Medical Academy and began  self-supporting activity as the Institute of Occupational Medicine acting  in the  steel and coal mining industry.

The location of the Institute is  in the  highly urbanized and industrialized region of Upper Silesia in  Poland with the  dominating steel and coal mining industry requesting  to extend the Institute’s profile to : health protection of employees working in heavy industry and treatment of diseases due to exposure to  hazardous factors in workplaces.
On the  31 st  of August 1965 the  Cabinet decided that the seat of the Institute would  be in  Sosnowiec town. The establishment was granted a low standard hotel which was transformed  to suit the  needs of Occupational Diseases Clinic. A new building was constructed  to accommodate  the remaining organizational departments  of the Institute.  Full integration took place in the years 1970-1972.  In the turn of 1991-1992 the Institute  operated shortly within the Institute of Occupational Medicine in £ódľ. Since the  10th of January 1992  the Institute became a self standing establishment again. Under the present name the  IOEMH  functions since  the 13th of  August 1992.

Environmental pollution resulting from industry development  has meant extending  research-scientific activity for disease prevention due to environmental threats. At the onset of the nineties IOMEH  grew to  the status of centre cooperating with the World Health Organization firstly  in the field of health effects caused by environmental pollution and  secondly  in environmental health training. In recent years clinical allergology had been greatly developed.

Since 1974  IOMEH  is authorized to conduct doctoral thesis and issue  academic degrees of  doctor of medicine. In the years 1974-2009 the  Scientific Board issued  this degree to  tens of individuals. At the present moment IOMEH  employs 167 employees.  According to the statute  IOMEH  carries out research -  implementation works, training, diagnostic and treatment activities,  experts’ findings , medical opinions in the scope of occupational medicine and environmental health. IOMEH  undertakes public health connected tasks different from the aforementioned ones  particularly  those related to health promotion and disease prevention.

This website aims  to bring  the Institute as a research unit close to you  and share wide theoretical and practical knowledge.
Long term experience  in the field of occupational medicine covering clinical and research  activity guarantees the highest level of task performance  along with  own surveys.

IOMEH’s  staff  consists of  high class specialists from different branches of medical and natural science having  recorded   wide scientific achievements which are shown on our web sites.
Within the structure of IOMEH  there is a Ward  for Occupational  Internal  Diseases and  Allergology  and a Regional Centre for Acute Intoxication  including numerous departments and laboratories and other organizational units; substantive and administrative. In the framework of the Institute there is a unique outpatient clinic of Environmental Medicine and  a  Training Centre of Environmental Health. The Institute holds the  seat of the Main Board of Polish Society of Environmental Medicine – Silesian Branch of Polish Society of Occupational Medicine and  Association of Labour Hygienists.

The Institute  offers  a wide spectrum of services such as: experts’ opinions, measurements, consultations, assessments of hazardous factors impact on human in workplace, etc.

     




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