Health effects resulting from contact with a hazardous substance over a long period of time are referred to as chronic exposure effects.
In the context of emergency management, particularly within the Incident Command System (ICS), understanding and managing chronic exposure to hazardous substances is crucial. For instance, in a scenario involving a prolonged industrial chemical leak, the Environmental Unit within the ICS would play a pivotal role in assessing long-term environmental and health risks, including chronic exposure effects. This unit’s assessments and recommendations are integral to formulating strategies for long-term community safety and environmental remediation.
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