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Humans interact with the environment constantly. These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.

Human Health Hazards

Human health hazards exist in many forms. The purpose of Human Health Hazard Regulation is to protect the health and safety of the public and communities from environmental exposures that may contribute to communicable disease, acute or chronic illness, or endanger life. Determining the existence of a human health hazard involves using a variety of criteria, including length of exposure, quantity and nature of exposure, type and number of individuals exposed, and known or expected health risk. This regulation provides guidance for administration and enforcement activities when a human health hazard is identified.

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