Conditions of Use/Privacy

Conditions of Use/Privacy Policy

Statement of Purpose

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) maintains this website to enhance public access to information and services provided by OEHHA.

OEHHA's goals for the website include:

  • Provide timely and convenient access to OEHHA publications and information about all of OEHHA's programs.
  • Reduce waste generation and increase the productivity and effectiveness of OEHHA staff through electronic dissemination of OEHHA documents and other information.
  • Through the use of external links provide OEHHA website users with convenient access to other resources available on the Internet.
  • Make effective use of current and evolving Internet technologies to maximize benefits to OEHHA's clients and help California achieve 50 percent diversion of its waste from landfills.
  • Provide an archive of past program activities for the use of the public and OEHHA staff.

Whom to Contact

  • Questions about the content of a specific portion of the OEHHA website should be referred to the contact listed on the page or to the OEHHA Webmistress.
  • Questions about the general content of the OEHHA website should be directed to the Public Affairs Office at (916) 324-0955.
  • Questions about the technical aspects of the site should be e-mailed to the Webmaster.

Disclaimers

Content and Liability Disclaimer
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions contained at this Website, and reserves the right to make changes without notice. Accordingly, all OEHHA and any third party information is provided "AS IS." OEHHA provides no warranty, either expressed or implied, as the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data.  If you find any errors or omissions, we encourage you to report them to the contact listed in the footer of that web page.

OEHHA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE INFORMATION PROVIDED, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS.

In no event shall OEHHA be liable for any damages whatsoever, and in particular OEHHA shall not be liable for special, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages, or damages for lost profits, loss of revenue, or loss of use, arising out of or related to the OEHHA website or the information contained in it, whether such damages arise in contract, negligence, tort, under statute, in equity, at law, or otherwise.

Indemnification
User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless OEHHA and its respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of the OEHHA website.

Disclaimer of Endorsement
Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of California or OEHHA.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of the Data
Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, home pages, and files are reorganized. User expressly agrees that use of OEHHA's website is at the user's sole risk. Neither OEHHA nor any of its respective employees warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free.

Feedback Information
Any information provided to OEHHA in connection with the OEHHA website shall be provided by the submitter and received by OEHHA on a nonconfidential basis. OEHHA shall be free to use such information on an unrestricted basis.

External Links Policy

External Websites Linking to This Website
Other websites are invited to include links to the OEHHA website. While we appreciate it if you let us know who you are and what part of our site you are linking to, permission is not required.

Links to External Websites
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is a public agency of the State of California. As such, OEHHA must avoid any impropriety, or appearance of impropriety, in terms of the information or external links available on its website.

OEHHA may, at its discretion, create links to other Websites that meet the following criteria.

  1. The external link will assist OEHHA in fulfilling its mission.
  2. The external link will provide information of value to OEHHA customers.
  3. The organization being linked to is not engaged in any legal or enforcement proceedings with OEHHA.
  4. The external website is managed in a professional manner (i.e., fully operational and available most of the time, etc.).
  5. If the external website is a commercial site, the site owner is either an active partner in one of OEHHA's programs.
  6. The external website does not contain information that would offend common standards of decency and propriety.

OEHHA will remove any external link that does not continue to meet these criteria.

External links do not imply any State of California of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) endorsement of the opinions or ideas expressed therein, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. The user specifically acknowledges OEHHA is not liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.

OEHHA reserves the right to modify these criteria and add/delete links based upon the modification at any time and without notice.

Information Collection Policies

Some pages on this site collect information directly from individuals who volunteer to use our services. Collection of this information is required to deliver the specific services, but use of these services is voluntary.

If you do nothing during your visit to the website but browse or download information, some pages may automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name used, but not the email address. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the IP address to direct Internet traffic to you and generate statistics used in the management of this site.
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used.
  3. The date and time you visited this site.
  4. The web pages or services you accessed at this site.
  5. The website you visited prior to coming to this website.
  6. The website you visit as you leave this website.

The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. This information does not identify you personally and is used for gathering website statistics. The information we automatically collect and store in our logs about your visit helps us to analyze our website to continually improve the value of the materials available. Our website logs do not identify a visitor by personal information, and we make no attempt to link other websites with the individuals that browse this website.

Government Code Section 11015.5.(a)(6) prohibits all State agencies from distributing or selling any electronically collected personal information, as defined above, about users to any third party without the permission of the user. The State does not sell any "electronically collected personal information." Any distribution of "electronically collected personal information" will be solely for the purposes for which it was provided to us.

The State may provide or distribute certain lists and statistical reports of regulatory information as provided by law, but no personal information is sold or distributed, and all relevant legal protections still apply to the State's websites.

Cookies
A cookie is a small data file, which may include an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a website's computers. Cookies can contain data about user movement during a visit to the website. Session cookies are a mechanism for maintaining continuity during your visit on our site. These cookies go away when you leave the site, as they are maintained only in your browser's active memory during your session. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer so that you can be recognized by the site on subsequent visits. Google Analytics uses persistent cookies, as described below. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is sent. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)

Google Analytics
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment uses a tool called "Google Analytics" to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit, and the sites they visited prior to coming to this site and immediately after leaving. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a persistent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy. In addition, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s website is anonymizing IP information and only part of device IP addresses are being used. Consequently, no information identifying you or your device is being stored at Google. Learn more about how Google Analytics anonymizes IP addresses. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser. You may also use Google’s Opt Out.

If you send us email

Please be aware that OEHHA is subject to the California Public Records Act and other laws that require the release of certain information upon request. If you sign up for a listserve, please be aware that your name and e-mail may be provided to third parties. By signing up you are waiving any right to privacy you may have in the information you provide.

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Conditional Services

Certain services and features on the OEHHA Internet site are labeled as "conditional services." This signifies that the service or feature is either a pilot project or makes use of publicly available external web services offered by governmental or commercial entities. These external resources are used to provide specific services to OEHHA web users that OEHHA is unable to offer/host/configure locally due to cost or other resource limitations. Some conditional services may require specific browser configurations (e.g., Javascript-support, cookies, etc.) and are provided "as is" without support from OEHHA. Conditional services offered on the OEHHA Internet site may be removed at any time without notice if the pilot or external service(s) is determined to not best meet the needs of OEHHA Internet site users. Use of a commercial web service does not serve as an endorsement by OEHHA, nor is OEHHA responsible for any data inaccuracies/omissions provided by external services.

Changes to this Conditions of Use/Privacy Policy

This Conditions of Use/Privacy Policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on June 12th, 2019.