Acute Health Effect

Published: | Updated: April 4, 2019

Definition - What does Acute Health Effect mean?

An acute health effect is a negative health effect that is quickly seen after exposure to high levels or concentrations of hazardous substances.

Safeopedia explains Acute Health Effect

Acute health effects are frequently in the form of irritations such as rashes and dry skin, including acute dermatitis. Corrosive materials can cause burns and dissolve skin tissue. People may also be extremely sensitive to a substance which causes them to go into anaphylactic shock. Metal fume fever and lethal concentration (LC) are other common acute health effects. Another example is fiberglass, which can cause immediate irritation and itchiness to the skin. Likewise, a very loud noise can result in immediate temporary, or even permanent, hearing loss.

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