About Pesticide Toxicology Division, National Institute of Occupational Health (ICMR, Govt. of India)
National Institute of Occupational Health is a research centre under Indian Council of Medical Research. It was formerly established in 1966 at the B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad as â€œOccupational Health Research Instituteâ€. It aims at the promotion and maintenance of social, mental and physical well being of the workers enganged in various occupations .The Pesticide Toxicology Division was specifically set up to look for the harmful effects of the pesticides on the farmers and labour. The laboratory in this division provides the serive to test for the presence of various organochlorines and organophsphorous pesticides, synthetic pyrethroids, herbicides and polychlorinated biphenyls in drinking and river water. The laboratory also aims at ensuring safety of the consumers and workers by testing the fruits and vegetables for the organichlorine and organophosphorous pesticides and herbicides. IT is also specially equipped to test the blood and serum samples of farmers and neighbouring workers for the presence of organochlorine pesticides.