World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health


Department of Environmental Health Engineering

Faculty of Public Health

SRI RAMACHANDRA MEDICAL COLLEGE AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE*

(Deemed to be University)

Accredited by NAAC with 'A' Grade ( CGPA 3.62 on a 4 point scale )


Indian Council of Medical Research

Center for Advanced Research on Environmental Health : Air Pollution

Faculty


Dr. Vidhya Venugopal
Ph.D
Dr. Vidhya Venugopal obtained her doctoral degree in Environmental Chemistry from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and did her post-doctoral training in “Metals in Environment” at Central Queensland University, Australia. While working at SRU as a Research Officer in Indoor Air Quality, Risk Assessment and Environmental Health areas she was awarded the prestigious British Cheverning Scholarship for Young Environmental Managers in 2000 and worked on Biomedical waste management practices in India and UK. Following this she worked as Research Scientist at Crompton Corporation Inc., Canada on pesticides. Subsequently at Johnson&Johnson, Canada she worked as a Research Scientist (R & D, Pharmaceutical Division) till 2009 where she worked on coordinating and conducting stability studies for drugs, Analytical method development for actives using HPLC. She held various positions in Health and Wellness committee, Ergonomics committee and Spill team at J & J.
Her fields of specialization include Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Project Management and environmental health risk assessment. Her responsibilities as a Professor at EHE include, coordination of all courses conducted by EHE, develop a nationally accredited Analytical Lab for Industrial Hygiene measurements and Environmental Monitoring, coordinating projects and providing analytical support for all exposure assessment activities related to research and consultancy projects of the department.

1.          Climate change induced heat risks for migrant populations working at brick kilns in India: A transdisciplinary approach. Karin Lundgren-Kownacki, Siri M. Kjellberg, Pernille Gooch, Marwa Dabaieh & Latha Aanadh &  Vidhya VenugopalInternational Journal of Biometeorology Special issue on trans-disciplinary approaches to climate change doi:10.1007/s00484-017-1476-0.

2.       Hot climate and hot work environment: A serious health concern for both indoor and outdoor workers. Vidhya Venugopal, Tord Kjellstrom, Rebekah Lucas, Kristina Jakobsson, Jason Glaser, Seichi Horie, Sirikka Rissenen, Hannu Rintamaki. ICOH Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 3, December, 2017.

3.         Occupational Heat Stress, DNA damage and Heat Shock Protein. Manikandan Krishnamoorthy , Vidhya Venugopal, Vettriselvi Venkatesan, Vijayalakshmi Jagannathan and Paul S.F.D. Medical Research Archives, Vol 6, Issue 1, 2018.

4.        Perceived Work-related Psychosocial Stress and Musculoskeletal Disorders Complaints among Call Centre Workers in India - A Cross Sectional Study Nafeesa MAC, Venugopal V, Vijayalakshmi P and Rajkumar P. Ann Musc Disord 1(1): 1005. 2017

5.        Method for assessment of indoor household dampness for its use in epidemiological studies in tropical settings Manivannan, Saraswathy, Vidhya Venugopal, Anupma Jyothi Kindo, and Rajarajeswari Kuppuswamy." Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 10, no. 4 (2017): 966.

6.        Challenges and Opportunities in Dietary Assessment of Pregnant Women in Tamil Nadu, Rajarajeswari K, Venugopal V, Saraswathy M.  Indian J Nutri. 2017;4(3): 165

7.         Physiological Implications of Occupational Heat Stress for Maintenance Workers in a Residential Complex in Chennai – An Exploratory Intervention Trial, Krishnan S, Archana P Kumar, Maruthy K. N., Jeremiah, Padmavathi R. and Vidhya Venugopal, Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2017; 61(1).

8.         Research in occupational heat stress in India: Challenges and opportunities. Krishnan Srinivasan, K. N. Maruthy, Vidhya Venugopal, Padmavathi Ramaswamy. Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 20.2 (2016): doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.197522, 73-78.

9.         Heat stress and inadequate sanitary facilities at workplaces – an occupational health concern for women?, Vidhya Venugopal*, S. Rekha, K. Manikandan PK. Latha, Vennila Viswanathan, Nalini Ganesan, Kumaravel, Jeremiah S.Chinnadurai, Global Health Action, 9: 2016. doi:  10.3402/gha.v9.31945

10.     Occupational heat stress impacts on health and productivity in a steel industry in Southern India.  Manikandan Krishnamurthy, Paramesh Ramalingam,  Kumaravel Perumal, Latha   P Kamalakannan, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Rekha Shanmugam, Krishnan Srinivasan, Vidhya Venugopal*  Safety and Health at Work, Nov 3, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shaw.2016.08.005

11.   The social implications of occupational heat stress on migrant workers engaged in public construction: A case study from South India. Vidhya Venugopal*, Jeremiah S. Chinnadurai, Vennila V, Ajith R,  Rebekah L,  Kjellstrom T.  (DOI:10.1108/IJPPM, 08-2014-0121). International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Vol.7, Issue 2, pp. 25-36, Jan. 2016.

12.  Estimating worker’s productivity using predicted mean vote index - An exploratory study in construction sector in Chennai. Jeremiah C , Paramesh, Vidhya Venugopal*. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol.65, Issue.2, pp.1-12, 2016.

13.   Occupational Heat Stress Profiles in Selected Workplaces in India, Vidhya Venugopal*, Jeremiah S. Chinnadurai, Rebekah A. I. Lucas, Tord Kjellstrom, (doi:10.3390/ijerph13010089 ), Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 13(1), 89; 2016

14.   Role of Building Material in Thermal Comfort and Energy Conservation in Tropical Climates - A Review. Latha PK, Dharshana Yazhini, Vidhya Venugopal*. Journal of Building Engineering volume: 3, 104-113. 4, 2015

15.   Self Reported Symptoms Due To Heat Stress Among Housekeeping Workers Of A Residential Complex Maintenance Sector. Krishnan. S, Archana P, Kumar, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Padmavathi .R, Vidhya Venugopal*, Sch. J. App. Med. Sci ; 3(6A):2161-2164, 2015.

16.   Occupational heat stress and associated productivity loss estimation using the PHS model (ISO 7933): a case study from workplaces in Chennai, India. Lundgren, K., Kuklane, K., Vidhya Venugopal. DOI:10.3402/gha.v, 7.252837:25283, Global Health Action, 2014.

17.  Occupational Health Services in India - Challenges and Opportunities, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, K.Paari, Krishnendu Mukhopadyay, Vidhya Venugopal*. Asian-Pacific Newsletter, Vol.21, pp44-47, 2014.

18.   Krishnan Balaji,  Archana P., Madhan. C., Jeremiah. C., Padmavathi Ramasamy., Vidhya Venugopal* “Preliminary assessment of perfusion index, a physiological measure of heat strain among workers – A cross sectional study” Bulletin of Physiologists, Vol. 1, Pg. 25-29, 2013.

19.  Balakrishnan K, Ramaswamy P, Sambandam S, Thangavel G, Ghosh S, Johnson P,  Mukhopadhyay K, Venugopal V, Thanasekaraan V 2011. Air pollution from household solid fuel combustion in India: An overview of exposure and health related information to inform health research priorities. Global Health Action. 4: 5638. doi: 10.3402/gha.v4i0.5638

20.   Kalpana Balakrishnan, Jyoti Parikh, Sambandam Sankar, Kailasam Srividya, Vidhya Venugopal, Swarna Prasad, and Vijay Laxmi Pandey  “Daily Average Exposures to Respirable Particulate Matter from Combustion of Biomass Fuels in Rural Households of Southern India” Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 110, Number 11, November 2002.

21.  Padmavathi R, Balakrishnan K, Shankar S., Srividya K, Vidya V, Swarna P: Pulmonary Functions of rural South Indian Women; Biomedicine2001.21(1) :23-28, Nov 2001.

22.   Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar and P.Khanna, “Influence of curing time on the strength characteristics and leachability of metals from solidified/stabilised cement matrices.” Waste Management Volume 3, 101-106. 2001.

23.  Kalpana Balakrishnan, Jyoti Parikh, Sambandam Sankar, Kailasam Srividya, Vidhya Venugopal, Swarna Prasad, and Vijay Laxmi Pandey  “Daily Average Exposures to Respirable Particulate Matter from Combustion of Biomass Fuels in Rural Households of Southern India” Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 110, Number 11, 2002.

24.   Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar and P.Khanna, “Influence of curing time on the strength characteristics and leachability of metals from solidified/stabilised cement matrices.” Waste Management , Vol.18, Issue 4, 262-269, 2002.

25.   Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar, S. Subbarao. "A comparative assessment of Bacterial reduction in different biological waste water treatment systems." Encology, Vol.21, 138-142, 2000.

26.   Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar and P.Khanna. “Influence of latex modification of portland cement matrices on the properties of the heavy metal immobilised products.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol.74, Issue10, 2482-2487, 1999.

27.   Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar and P.Khanna, “Solidification/Stabilisation of hazardous electroplating sludge containing heavy metals.” International Journal of Environmental Studies, 1999.

28.   Manivel, U., V. Mani, A. Ragunathan and V. Vidhya. 1997. "Studies on the ground water quality near coastal area in Chengalput District." Encology, Vol. 12, No.2, 1997.

 

I.                               Presentation in Conferences (International/National )

1.      Vidhya Venugopal, ”Occupational risks factors and renal health in climate change context “ Oral presentation, 2017 Nov, International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health, PHFI, New Delhi

2.      Vidhya Venugopal*, PK. Latha, S. Rekha, K. Manikandan, S. Jeremiah Chinnadurai P. Kumaravel, Occupational Heat Stress Exposures In Industries And Renal Health – Findings From India Oral presentation, EPICOH Conference Edinburgh(Scotland), August 27 th -sep 1st 2017

3.      Vidhya Venugopal, S. Jeremiah Chinnadurai, S. Rekha, K. Manikandan, S. Krishanan,    PK. Latha. P. Kumaravel, Field Study Potential in Occupational Heat Stress in India – Challenges & Opportunities, Poster Presentation EPICOH Conference Edinburgh(Scot land), August 27 th -sep 1st 2017

4.      Vidhya Venugopal*, Jeremiah S.Chinnadurai, P. Kumaravel, Latha. PK, Manikandan.K, Rekha.S. Occupational Heat Exposures and Health Implications – Epidemiological evidence from select India workplaces, 28th International Conference of International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, Sep 1-4, Rome, 2016

5.      Vidhya Venugopal*, S. Rekha, K. Manikandan, PK Latha, P. Kumaravel, Jeremiah S.Chinnadurai. Exposures to heat stress and inadequate sanitation - Implications on occupational health of women in developing nations, Epidemiology in Occupation Health Conference, Sep. 4-7, Barcelona, Spain, 2016

6.      Vidhya Venugopal “International consultative meeting on Chronic Kidney Disease unknown Etiology in   Sri Lanka”, April 27-29th, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016.

7.       Vidhya Venugopal, “Vulnerability to heat stress and its impact on health and productivity in the context of climate change”. Session 1: Health Risks and responses to climate in South Asia (India).1st South Asia climate Services Forum for Health (CSF-Health), Srilanka, 2016. 

8.      Vidhya Venugopal “Invitation on a Round table on “Health of Agriculture workforce with a focus on Chronic Kidney Disease unknown Etiology” 24th Dec, New Delhi, 2015.

9.      Vidhya Venugopal Heat Stress Exposures on Kidney Dysfunction-an Exploratory study in a steel Industry, International Workshop on Mesoamerican Nephropathy, November18-20, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2015.

10.  Vidhya Venugopal, Exposure Assessment of Wet Bulb Globe temperature stress in rural India, International Society of exposure Science Annual Meeting, Henderson, NV, USA, October 19-22, 2015.

11.  Vidhya Venugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Latha. K, Manikandan. K, Rekha. S, “Occupational Heat Stress & Climate Change implications – An Indian Perspective. “Walk the Heat” International conference – May 20-21, Lund, Sweden, 2015.

12.  Vidhya Venugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Kumaravel.P, Paramesh.R, Vennila.V, Latha.K “Climate Change and Heat stress – Cause for a silent epidemic?” "Assessing the Impact of Aerosols & Changing Climate on Monsoon & Extreme Events – International conference at Ansal University, Gurgoan, UP, India in Jan 12-14, 2015.

13.  Vidhya Venugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Venilla.V, Ajith Rajiva, Rebekah Lucas, Tord KjellstromThe social implications of occupational heat stress on migrant workers engaged in public construction: A case study from South India.”, International Conference on Constructed Environment, October 10-12, Philadelphia, USA, 2014

14.  Vidhya Venugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Venkatesh Dasu, Tord KjellstromComparative assessment of heat stress impacts in formal vs informal work sectors in Chennai, India”, International Conference on Occupational Health & Safety Summit, September 5-7, Philadelphia, USA, 2012.

15.  Vidhya Venugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Venkatesh Dasu, Tord KjellstromOccupational heat stress in construction industry – implications on health and social life”, International Conference on Occupational Heat Exposure Indicators for use in climate change health impact assessments, Lund,  Sweden, August 13-15, 2012.

16.  Tord Kjellstrom,  Vidhya Venugopal, Bruno Lemke “Comparing different indexes to quantify occupational heat exposure”  International Congress on Occupational Health, Cancun, Mexico,     March 19-21, 2012.

17.  Vidhya Venugopal, Kalpana Balakrishnan, Priscilla Johnson , Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Paari Krishnan            “Evaluation of heat stress and self-reported productivity loss – A case study from select occupational          sectors in Southern India”   International Conference on Biometeorology,  Auckland, Newzealand,             Dec 2-7, 2011.

18.  VidhyaVenugopal, Jeremiah Chinnadurai, Venkatesh Dasu, Ayyapan Ramalingam, Sankar Sambandam, Kalpana Balakrishnan “ Occupational exposures and pulmonary functions in work force - A cross-sectional study in automotive sector” NAPCON, NewDelhi,  November 27-30, 2011.

19.  V. Vicente-Beckett, V. Venugopal, H. Morrison, and D. Garnett, Comparison of Metal Profiles of Core and Surface Sediments from the Lower Fitzroy River and Nearcoast Keppel Bay (Central Queensland) – Oral Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry in the Tropics, Jupiter Townsville Hotel and Casino, Townsville, Queensland, 7-11 May 2001.

20.  Vicky Vicente-Beckett, Ashwath. N, Tentori.E, Bello F.B, Venugopal.V, Ragupathy.S, and Poomrabeab.A, “Characterisation of Sediments from the Lower Fitzroy Catchment in Central Queensland, Australia” 21st Annual Meeting, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry”, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 12 - 16 November 2000. 

21.  Balakrishnan, K., Parikh, J., Pandey, V., Srividya, K., Shankar, S., Vidhya, V., Swarna, S., Breysse, P. , Lees, P ., 2000. Health Risk Assessment for exposure to indoor air pollutants associated with biofuel combustion in rural homes of south India, 26th International Congress on Occupational Health, 27thAugust-1st Sep, Singapore, 2000.

22.  Balakrishnan, K., Vidhya. V, Srividya. K, Shankar. S, Swarna. S, Reddy. N, “Comparative Health Risk Assessment For Air-Pollutants in Chennai” International Conference on Environmental & Occupational Respiratory Diseases, 29 Oct- 2 Nov, 2000, India.

23.  Shankar S., Balakrishnan.K, Parikh J.*, Pandey V., Srividya K., Vidhya V., Swarna P. “Indoor Air Quality Monitoring In Rural Households Of Tamil Nadu, India.” International Conference on Environmental & Occupational Respiratory Diseases, 29 Oct- 2 Nov, India, 2000.

24.  Padmavathi, R., Thanasekharan V., Balakrishnan, K, Ramasubramanian V., Shankar S., Srividya K., Vidhya V., Swarna P., Parikh. J., Pandey, V. “Pulmonary Function Assessment In South Indian Rural Women -Implications For Indoor Air Pollution Research”.  International Conference on Environmental & Occupational Respiratory Diseases, 29 Oct- 2 Nov, India, 2000.

25.  Balakrishnan, K., Parikh, J., Pandey, V., Shankar, S., Vidhya, V., Srividya, K., Swarna, S. “Health Risk Assessment for exposure to indoor air pollutants associated with biofuel combustion in rural homes of south India”, National Seminar on Chemistry of Environmental Pollution and its Health Impacts, India, 2000.

26.  Vidhya, V., N. Jothikumar, "Feasibility of using electroplating sludge in the production of concrete masonry blocks." 5th Australian Masonry Conference, Gladstone, Australia, pp. 387-396, 1998.

27.  Vidhya, V.  "Solidification / Stabilisation -A solution to hazardous waste management." Paper presented at RACI, Chemical Education Division. National Conference on Bridging the Gap. Gladstone, Australia, 1998.

28.  Vidhya, V., Y.V. Subramanyam, R. Jayabalu, N. Jothikumar. "Environmental Management Plan for Mega Beach Resorts in an Island."  National Symp. on Island Ecosystem and Sustainable Development, Andaman, India, pp 192-196,1996.

29.  Andey, S.P., R.Ravindar Rao, V. Vidhya, P.S. Kelkar and R. Paramasivam. "Evaluation of the Extended Aeration System of Sewage treatment at Jaipur." Indian Water Works Associations, 27 th Annual Convention, India, pp 108-117, 1995.

30.  Vidhya, V., S. Subbarao, N. Jothikumar. "Bacterial Reduction in different domestic Wastewater treatment systems." Proc. Natl. Symp. Frontiers in Applied Env. Microbiol.  SES-CUSAT, India, pp, 240-247, 1995.

 

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