High Exposure Level Law and Legal Definition

The term high exposure level in the context of public health and welfare means a level of exposure to a substance of concern for such a duration, or of such a magnitude that produces adverse effects on human health that a reasonable man can expect to occur. The magnitude and duration of high exposure level will be determined by the U.S. President, acting through the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in accordance with human monitoring or environmental or other appropriate indicators. If the U.S. President, acting through the Secretary of Health and Human Services, determines that one or more substances of concern have been released in an area declared to be a disaster area and that it disrupts the transportation system of the U.S., the U.S. President may carry out a program for the coordination, protection, assessment, monitoring, and study of the health and safety of individuals with high exposure levels. The program mainly aims to ensure that:

a. the individuals are adequately informed about and protected against potential health impacts of any substance of concern in a timely manner;

b. the individuals are monitored and studied over time, including through baseline and follow up clinical health examinations;

c. the individuals receive health care referrals as needed and appropriate; and

d. the information from any such monitoring and studies is used to prevent or protect against similar health impacts from future disasters.