23rd ACOH 2023

Asian Congress on Occupational Health



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After World War Ⅱ, a number of countries in the Asia Pacific rim embarked on industrialization. The industrialization brought in its wake increasing number of occupational injuries and diseases and work-related ill health. A group of occupational health experts in the region met in Tokyo in 1954 to deliberate on work related human suffering. The idea of Asian Associations of Occupational Health (AAOH) was mooted. On 3rd November 1956 at the First Conference of Occupational Health in Tokyo, the formation of AAOH was proclaimed. AAOH also resolved that a triennial Asian Conference of Occupational Health (ACOH) will be hosted so that members can meet on regular basis to share research findings and latest ideas on best OSH practices.

In 1956 only seven countries were represented at the First Conference of Occupational Health. They were Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand. To date membership has expanded to include those in Australasia and Middle East. Current members include China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Since 1956, the triennial ACOH has continued to attract keen interest both in terms of hosting and attendance. The conference has been hosted in many different countries in Asia. The following table shows these conferences:

Year City Year City
1956 Tokyo, Japan 1991 Bangkok, Thailand
1958 India 1994 Beijing, China
1961 Philippines 1997 KL, Malaysia
1964 Indonesia 1999 Cebu, Philippines
1968 Bombay, India 2002 Taipei, Taiwan
1971 Philippines 2005 Wellington, NZ
1973 Jakarta, Indonesia 2008 Singapore, Singapore
1976 Tokyo, Japan 2011 Bangkok, Thailand
1979 Seoul, Korea 2014 Fukuoka, Japan
1982 Singapore, Singapore 2017 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1985 Manila, Philippines 2020 Daegu, Korea (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
1988 Bombay, India 2023 Daegu, Korea (Scheduled)

AAOH seeks to improve health, safety, and welfare of working population in Asia and Australasia through activities that will create awareness and promote acceptable occupational safety and health practices in all workplaces. These activities include collaboration among individuals and organizations in promotion, training, education, and research in occupational health.