World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health

Department of Environmental Health Engineering

Faculty of Public Health

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research

(Deemed to be University)

Accredited by NAAC with A++ Grade & Graded by UGC as Category I University

Indian Council of Medical Research

Center for Advanced Research on Environmental Health : Air Pollution



Adhoc Research Projects

Research - Centers of Excellence (ICMR Centre for Advanced Research)


Research- Centers of Excellence (WHO Collaborating Centre)
The department is involved in R&D projects that have been funded both by national and international agencies including The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, The Central Pollution Control Board, The Indian Council of Medical Research, The World Bank, The World Health Organisation, UNDP, The United States Environmental Protection Agency, The Fogarty International Centre (National Institutes of Health, USA), The International Development Research Centre (Canada), The United Nations Environment Program and The European Union to mention a few. The department actively collaborates with several university departments within the state of Tamil Nadu as well as governmental agencies such as Inspectorate of Factories, Govt. of Tamilnadu, The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, The Central Leather Research Institute, The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, and professional associations/ non-governmental organizations such as the National Safety Council - TN Chapter, The Indian Association of Occupational Health, The Safety Engineers Association and IMA.

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Focal Area: Indoor Air Pollution
 Indoor air quality monitoring in rural households of Tamil Nadu
Indoor air quality monitoring in rural households of Andhra Pradesh
Indoor air Pollution and Acute Respiratory infections in Children - a pilot study
Pilot study of household particle monitoring for an Indian national survey: plans, protocols, and progress
PComparative risk assessment for interventions aimed at reduction of indoor air pollution associated with bio - mass fuel use in rural and urban settings of Andhra Pradesh, India - an integrated evaluation based on health risks and greenhouse gas emissions
Monitoring and Evaluation of Improved Cook Stoves in South India
Case-control study of indoor air pollution and other risk factors for pulmonary tuberculosis in a rural population of Tamil Nadu, India
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in biomass fuel users in Tamil Nadu- a pilot study for assessment of prevalence and implications for the burden of disease in rural women
Update of The Global Indoor Air Pollution Database
Evaluation of muco-ciliary clearance among women using biomass and clean fuel in Chennai suburban area- a preliminary study
Project Surya: Assessing field efficacy of alternative cook stoves in reducing solid fuel, smoke exposure through novel exposure assessment and exposure modeling approaches
Focal Area: Outdoor Air Pollution
Study of Lead Exposure and Outcomes amongst Children in Chennai, India
Estimation of Health Effects of Air Pollutants Using Exposure -Response Functions from Time-Series Analyses in Chennai, India
Comparative Risk Assessment for Air pollutants in Chennai, India
Human Health Risk Assessment for air pollutants in Chennai, India
Focal Area: Job Exposure Assessment
Job Exposure Profiles and Workplace Improvements in Leather Tanneries - A Case Study from Tamil Nadu, India
Job-Exposure-Health profile for workers exposed to respirable dusts in textile units of Tamil Nadu, India
Assessing and Mitigating Health Risks from Pollution by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)
Sound Chemicals Management for a Healthier Environment in India and Vietnam
Baseline Assessment of Health and Environmental Status of Conservancy Staff and other Communities Associated with Municipal Solid Waste Management in Chennai
Creation of Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) for Health Care Workers of Public Health Schemes in Tamil Nadu, India
Job Exposure assessment of solvent substitutes to Carbon Tetrachloride in various industrial sectors - A study on the National CTC Phase Out Mission
Assessment of work capacity and workload in the workers of different occupational sectors
Evaluating the Sustainability and Impacts of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Interventions
Evaluation of Lead Exposures and Control Strategies in the Vicinity of Lead Battery Recycling Units- A pilot exercise in Chennai, India
Public Health Risk Assessment for Chromium Contaminated Industrial Waste Sites
Comparative risk assessment for air pollutants in Chennai city, India
Economic valuation of health damage in North Chennai using a comparative risk assessment framework