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Last Edited: 9/6/2002

What is a health consultation?

A health consultation is a written report that provides advice on a specific public health issue related to real or possible human exposure to toxic material. Most health consultations concern exposure specific to a hazardous waste site or facility that handles hazardous substances. Compared with a health assessment, a Health Consultation is a way to respond quickly to a need for health information on toxic substances and make recommendations for actions to protect the public's health. A Health Consultation is produced by the EHIB for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. A Health Consultation is not the same thing as a medical exam, a community health study, public health assessment, risk assessment, or exposure investigation. It can sometimes result in one of those activities things, as well as other public health activities, such as community environmental health education or professional health care education.