1.2 Overview of the Public Health Assessment Process
Types of Assessments
ATSDR prepares different types of written reports to document public
health assessment activities, results of evaluations, recommendations,
and public health action plans. Following are descriptions of the four
main types of these reports.
Public Health Assessment
A public health assessment document is written to report on the results
of evaluation of all available information about a site and the communities
that may be affected by it.
A health consultation is written to respond to a specific question
or request. The health consultation provides the results of data evaluation
that answer the specific question.
A health advisory is written to alert government agencies and the
public about an immediate and significant danger to human health from
the release of hazardous chemicals.
An exposure investigation is written to report the results of analysis
of environmental and biological samples that ATSDR has collected to verify
human contact with a chemical. Exposure investigations are conducted when contact is suspected
but no data are available to verify human contact.
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View a sample public health assessment document.
of a health consultation document.