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Public Health Hazard Conclusion Categories
The public health assessment team members evaluate all the information about the site. The team then assigns an overall conclusion category to the site that is based on current conditions at the site. Assigning a conclusion category to the site helps health and environmental agencies to prioritize work that is needed at a site. The team assesses the degree of public health hazard based on the following factors:
The team then assigns a general statement about the health hazards associated with the site for completed exposure pathways (and in some instances potential exposure pathways) and the time period of potential concern. In summary, the team should determine whether conditions:
Within this 3-tier framework, the ATSDR has five distinct and well-defined categories. See Figure 9-1 Overview of Conclusion and Recommendation Process. Conclusion categories are required to be assigned in all site-specific public health assessment products assessing the public health implications of exposure pathways or site conditions.
Consider the following definitions of each public health category.
1. Short-Term Exposure, Acute Hazard
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