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Date of creation June 20, 1923
Institute Address
in 1923
14, Vorontsovo Pole street, Moscow, Evangelical Hospital
Titles of Institute
since 1923
“Institute of Occupational Diseases of Moscow Public Health Department” (1923)
“Research Institute of Occupational Diseases named after V.A. Obukh” of Moscow Public Health Department (1923–1934)
“Research Institute of Occupational Diseases named after V.A. Obukh” of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic People’s Commissariat of Health (1934–1935)
“All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Occupational Hygiene and Diseases named after V.A. Obukh” of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics People’s Commissariat of Health (1935–1940)
“Central Institute of Occupational Diseases” of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics People’s Commissariat of Health (1940–1944)
“Scientific Research Institute of Occupational Hygiene and Diseases” of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Academy of Medical Sciences (1945–1992)
“Research Institute of Occupational Health” of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (1992–2002)
State Institution “Research Institute of Occupational Health” of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2002–2008)
Establishment of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences “Research Institute of Occupational Health RAMS” (2008–2011)
Federal State Budgetary Institution “Research Institute of Occupational Health” of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2011–2014)
Federal State Budget Scientific Institution “Research Institute of Occupational Health” (2014–2017)
The Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health” (2017)
from 1923
Vladimir KONOPLYANKIN (1923–1925)
Lyudmila BOGOLEPOVA (1925–1931)
Georgiy ARNAUTOV (1931–1939)
Alexander DVORKIN (1939–1942)
Zinoviy SMELYANSKIY (1942–1944)
Philipp TCHEKHLATY (1944–1948)
August LETAVET (1948–1971)
Nikolai IZMEROV (1971–2012)
Igor BUKHTIYAROV (2012 — present time)



FSBSI “Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health” is the leading scientific organization working on health issues and the “Scientific bases of Occupational Health”.

The Institute was founded in 1923. Since its establishment the Institute is actively developing preventive direction of the domestic medicine, being the scientific and methodical center of the country for the comprehensive study of the impact of production and professional factors on workers’ health and the development of science-based ways of improvement of working conditions in order to preserve and promote the health of employees, the extension of the life, the prevention and the treatment of both occupational and work-related diseases.

hist015The first building of the Institute for the study of occupational diseases named after V.A. Obukh

hist008The meeting of Sanitary Bureau of Moscow Health Department (1919)
Among the participants: V.S. Lebedev, P.I. Kurkin, V.A. Kiriakov,
E.P. Grigoriev, S.M. Bogoslovsky, M.F. Sosnin, V.A. Levitsky



The Institute is a center for training highly qualified scientific personnel. The employees and the graduate students of the Institute from 1935 to 2012 defended 729 theses — including 115 doctoral and 634 master’s theses.

On the basis of the Institute successfully work:

— The Chair of Occupational Health “I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University” (head of the chair — I.F. Izmerov),

— The Chair of Aviation and Space Medicine (head of the chair — I.V. Bukhtiyarov),

— The Chair of Occupational Diseases of “Russian Medical Academy of postgraduate education” (head of the chair — Y.P. Evlashko).

hist001The 1st Meeting of science institutions for occupational diseases control
under Health Committee of RSFSR (Moscow, 1926)
Among the participants: S.I. Kaplun, M.M. Gran, E.M. Kagan, N.A. Semashko,
N.A. Vigdorchik, M.Y. Lukomsky, A.N. Sysin, N.M. Anastasiev — siting
Ts.D. Pik, A.I. Pakhomychev, B.T. Biderman, M.Y. Mirsky,
L.I. Livshits, B.B. Kogan, I.G. Gelman, G.I. Matulsky — standing

hist011Studding of work conditions at the Kolomensky locomotive factory (L.K. Khotsyanov)



The Institute works in close cooperation with the Department of Sanitary and Epidemiological Safety, Emergence Medical Aid and Expert Activity of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, consults and gives conclusions at the requests of companies and organizations.

The results of the Institute’s research are published in 200 monographs. Only in the last 10 years employees of the Institute published 755 scientific works, including abroad — 130; 18 monographs, 4 of them abroad. Were published 9 textbooks and manuals for the doctors, and 17 thematic collections.

The Institute organizes many major scientific forums: Russian National Congress “Occupation and Health” (until 2015 — All Russian Congress), International Youth Forum “Occupation and Health”, conferences, symposiums and meetings devoted to the problem of occupational health and diseases.

hist016Professors A.A. Letovet and V.A. Levitsky among the workers
of the Central Institute of Occupational Hygiene

hist013Scientific session of the Central Institute of Occupational Hygiene and Diseases
of the Academy of Medical Sciences of USSR (Moscow, 1951)



The Institute successfully cooperates with foreign countries. The main form of cooperation is the coordination and cooperation in carrying out joint scientific researches, conducted with the division of labour in the development of new methods of research, measurement, control and hygienic regulation of industrial environmental factors, an exchange of scientific and technical information and samples of technical equipment.

Such cooperation in the scientific and in practical terms is extremely effective. The majority of joint projects are realized in practice and in everyday work. The Institute conducted joint researches with scientific institutions in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, cooperates and supports business and scientific links with research centers in Finland, Denmark, Germany, China, Cuba, the USA, France, Japan, Vietnam, Serbia, Switzerland and others.

hist0021967, October 21st, the Institute was awarded commemorative banner of Central Committee of CPSU

The total staff of the Institute is more than 350 people. Among the members of the Institute there are the specialists with higher education: doctors, biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers. 39 members of the Institute have D.Sci and 57 PhD.

In order to promote and popularize the hygienic knowledge and the latest achievements of the occupational health and diseases, the Institute publishes the journal “Occupational Health and Industrial Ecology”.

At present the Institute is working on the problems related to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of occupational and work-related diseases. The Institute is developing the criteria for occupational risks to further improve the procedure for the appointment of pensions due to special working conditions.

The most important element for social protection of workers should be the establishment of social insurance system against industrial accidents in the workplace and occupational diseases, which would have the differentiation of tariff deductions, depending on the level of occupational risks in the company and in the industry. The development of occupational risk grading scale will help to solve this problem.

It is necessary to create the basis for a fundamentally new system of workers protection against occupational hazards in our country — obligatory social insurance of employees engaged in the industry with the high-risk damage of the health.

hist014The planning meeting devoted to the museum
of the History of Occupational Hygiene and Diseases (1978)
E.I. Khuhrina, L.K. Khotsyanov, M.S. Bogolepova, A.A. Letavet,
B.V. Shafranov, M. Kogan, Y.M. Mirsky, V.D. Krinfeld — the 1st row
Z.A. Volkova, A.M. Rashevskaya, N.F. Izmerov, E.I. Vorontsova,
G.A. Beylikhis, E.N. Marchenko, A.A. Kasparov, V.M. Pobochin