Decision Making in Environmental Health by D. Briggs, C. Corvalan, G. Zielhuis

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By D. Briggs, C. Corvalan, G. Zielhuis

Decision-Making in Environmental overall healthiness examines the necessity for info in aid of decision-making in environmental future health. It discusses symptoms of environmental future health, equipment of knowledge assortment and the overview of publicity to and the overall healthiness effect of other environmental threat elements.

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Most environmental pollutants are the product of human activities. 2 The environmental health hazard pathway. g. pollutants). Arrow shading indicates the likely weakening of the impact from source activity to health effects. g. the air, water, soil, food). Exposure occurs when humans encounter the contaminants within any one of these media. A range of health effects may then occur, from minor subclinical effects through illness to death, depending upon the intrinsic harmfulness of the pollutant, the severity of exposure and the susceptibility of the individuals concerned.

Kjellström 26 Decision-Making in Environmental Health ? To monitor the effects of these actions. To help specify safe limits and environmental guidelines and standards. To guide the research and development needed for the future. The need for information to support policy and action in environmental health has been introduced in Chapter 2. This chapter focuses in more detail on the development of indicators suitable for decision-making. It takes on an epidemiological approach to understand the development-environment-health linkages and concentrates primarily on the technical aspects of obtaining usable and relevant environmental health information.

A. Environmental health indicators; B. Environmental indicators indicating potential human health impacts; C. Health indicators with unknown but possible environmental cause; D. Well defined health indicators area relating to environmental health indicators (area A) is formed by the area of intersection (or linkage) between the environment and health. This is the area in which known (or suspected) environmental factors are associated with known (or suspected) health outcomes; for example the effects of severe air pollution on respiratory disease in children, or of poor sanitation on gastro-intestinal disease.

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