skip to main content

Title: Development of a multidisciplinary plan for evaluation of the long-term health effects of the Mount St. Helens eruptions

The emphasis of this article is on the approach that was taken to evaluating the chronic or delayed effects of the volcanic eruptions of Mount St. Helens in 1980. This strategy has been very successful and may be useful as a model for addressing the possible health effects of other environmental hazards. The steps in this process were: 1) identification of the physical and physicochemical characteristics of the hazard; 2) formation of hypotheses about biologically plausible effects of the hazard on human health; and 3) development of a plan for evaluating the health effects and, were possible, for controlling or minimizing adverse health effects. The third step involved a multidisciplinary group that included public health officials, medical specialists, and research scientists, including a geologist.
Authors:
; ; ; ;
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7193309
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 76:3
Research Org:
Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; VOLCANOES; HEALTH HAZARDS; AIR POLLUTION; ASHES; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; CHRONIC EXPOSURE; ERUPTION; EVALUATION; HUMAN POPULATIONS; LATENCY PERIOD; MT ST HELENS; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; PLANNING; PUBLIC HEALTH; CASCADE MOUNTAINS; FEDERAL REGION X; HAZARDS; MOUNTAINS; NORTH AMERICA; POLLUTION; POPULATIONS; RESIDUES; USA; WASHINGTON 560400* -- Other Environmental Pollutant Effects; 552000 -- Public Health; 500200 -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989)