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.