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Chronic Health Effect

Definition - What does Chronic Health Effect mean?

A chronic health effect is an adverse health effect that is the result of long term exposure to a hazardous material or substance. The exposure often occurs in the workplace. Chronic health effect is also used when short term exposure to a material or substance results in long term adverse health effects.

Safeopedia explains Chronic Health Effect

Common chronic health effects include skin rash, bronchitis and cancer. A common chronic health effect is cancer resulting from smoking. The onset of health effects from smoking is gradual, increasing in severity over many years. In fact, it can be difficult for the sufferer to appreciate that he is suffering from adverse effects, which encourages him to continue exposing himself to the hazard.

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