Important legal notice

The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection.


The European Commission maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its initiatives to create a European database of factors affecting exposure to environmental contaminants.

Information presented in the ExpoFacts Sourcebook is considered public domain information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection.

The documents posted in the ExpoFacts Sourcebook contain links to information created and maintained by public and private organizations over which the Commission services have no control and for which the Commission assumes no responsibility.

These links are provided for visitors' convenience. The ExpoFacts database does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. The ExpoFacts project makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Sourcebook and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this Sourcebook.

This information is:

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

ExpoFacts assumes no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed herein nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such information, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

It is our goal to minimize disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The Commission accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the Commission in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

Copyright notice

Information presented on the ExpoFacts Web site is considered public domain information and may be downloaded or copied freely for the purposes mentioned below, unless expressly identified as being subject to copyright protection.

When data are subject to copyright protection, their reproduction and re-dissemination are prohibited without consent from the copyright owner.

All data can, however, be downloaded and used freely as part of data analysis, and the subsequent results can be freely published at the User's own responsibility.

It is strongly recommended that the original data sources are consulted before using the data. In any case, the original data source should be referenced as well as the ExpoFacts database.

If data are used without consulting the original reference, e.g. in case of a language barrier, data can be used, provided that ExpoFacts is clearly indicated as the source.

Contacting the original copyright owner

3.1 - Contacting the original copyright owner
For the ExpoFacts users convenience we have collected here the contact information of those organizations that have data under copyright in the ExpoFacts database. This information is given as help to the database user, based on the information provided by these organizations in October 2004 and checked in January 2007. ExpoFacts does not guarantee neither replies nor data use permissions from these addresses.

3.2 - Crown Copyright
Copyright issues are handled through Her Majesty's Stationary Office (HMSO). Information about the Copyrights and links to applications for data use are available at

3.3 - International Labour Organization (ILO)
The ILO material, including data from the Laborsta Internet are under ILO copyright. Links to the copyright information can be found at the bottom of ILO Internet pages. The direct link is

3.4 - Swiss Federal Statistical Office Neuchatel
Copyright information is available by clicking the Copyright link at the bottom of the Statistical Office home page The information is available in German, French and Italian. Requests are also handled in English.

3.5 - Technique & Documentation
Data use permits can be applied by contacting the publishing house Lavoisier directly at 14 rue Provigny, 94236 Cachan cedex, France. E-mail address for Lavoisier is

3.6 - United Nations (UN)
The Copyright statement regarding United Nations Internet site is at the bottom of the UN Home page ( The Copyright statement page provides also an e-mail address to use when applying for data use permits.

Personal data protection

How do we treat the e-mail addresses you send us?

The European Commission is committed to user privacy. The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

The ExpoFacts Web Site has a "Feedback" menu, which requests your e-mail address and invites you to send your feedback and questions to a specific mailbox.

When you send such a message, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply. If the management team of the mailbox is unable to answer your question, it will forward your e-mail to another service. You will be informed, via e-mail, about which service your question has been forwarded to.

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message.