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The mission of the Chemical Hazard Data Commons is to advance science, policy, and business efforts to identify hazardous substances through chemical hazard assessment and find safer substitutes through alternatives assessment. We aim to do this by developing community-accessible tools and information resources.
Your engagement in this project should be grounded in your support of these goals.
We aspire to build a productive, agile, and amicable community that can welcome new ideas in a complex field, continually improve community resources, and foster collaboration between groups with very different needs, interests and skills. We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. This Code of Conduct exists to ensure that diverse groups collaborate and exchange ideas to mutual advantage and benefit. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardize the participation of any person in the project.
This Code of Conduct governs how we behave in public or in private whenever the project will be affected by our actions. We expect it to be honored by everyone who participates in, represents, or claims affiliation with the project—officially or informally.
We strive to:
This Code is not exhaustive or complete. It is not a rulebook; it serves to distil our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment and goals.
We encourage all forms of participation in the Data Commons, including: engaging in forum discussions by posting comments, questions or answers; peer reviewing work done by others; contributing to or editing shared information resources; or working on collaborative projects.
We expect that everyone who participates in the Data Commons does so with the goal of advancing the project’s mission.
The Data Commons is designed to support the development, improvement, and communication of data and tools for hazard assessment and safer substitution. We recognize the need for critical debate about broader issues, but we do not consider the Data Commons to be the appropriate place for those debates. In particular, contributions that seek to undermine or invalidate the goals and practices of safer substitution are considered to be outside of the project’s mission and are subject to removal or other sanctions (see below).
Our community will not tolerate disruptive behavior. We consider the following behavior to be disruptive: intimidating, threatening, or disrespectful language; contributions made without disclosing conflicts of interest; and contributions that are outside of the Data Commons mission.
Conflicts of interest (COI) may arise when contributing to the Data Commons on topics that have bearing on one’s financial interests or those of one’s affiliates. A COI is a type of situation affecting a person, not a judgment of that person’s character.
If participants fail to disclose a potential COI, or if particular contributions threaten the integrity of the Data Commons, administrators may take any of the actions listed below to mitigate the problem.
As a community, we must act to ensure that decisions are credible even if they must occasionally be unpopular, difficult or favourable to the interests of one group over another.
As the owner of the site and convener of the Data Commons community, HBN reserves the right to take any actions it deems necessary to mitigate contributions or users deemed by the community to be disruptive or damaging to the Data Commons. HBN will seek to take the minimum actions possible and only escalate as deemed necessary. Actions roughly in order of escalation may include:
Users who feel they have been subject to sanctions unfairly may appeal. User rights and posts will be restored at the discretion of HBN.
To appeal, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org justifying the value of the content/perspective previously offered to the Forum community. Please reference any source materials that support claims that were determined by HBN to be problematic.
Appeals will be reviewed by HBN no less frequently than quarterly. In the event that an appeal is denied, the original sanction issued will stand.
This Code of Conduct is complementary to the requirements of the Terms of Service. No provision stated here negates any of the responsibilities outlined in this website’s Terms of Service.
The Chemical Hazard Data Commons Code of Conduct is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. You may re-use it for your own project, and modify it as you wish, just please allow others to use your modifications. It is based on the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s “CHEtiquette”.
Healthy Building Network (collectively, “we,” “us” or the “Company”) has developed the Chemical Hazard Data Commons Service (available at the entry-point URL https://commons.healthymaterials.net) (the “Site”). The Chemical Hazard Data Commons (the “Service” or “Project”) is a resource to help you find resources, work collaboratively to understand the hazards associated with chemical substances, and to find alternatives which are inherently safer. The Chemical Hazard Data Commons Service is in beta testing, and still in development. Therefore, the service is not at the level of performance or compatibility of a final, publicly-available service offering.
The Company is a not-for-profit entity. The Chemical Hazard Data Commons Service is offered for free at this time, but the Company reserves the right to begin charging fees for the applicable services upon notice to you.
In order to access the Site and use the Services, you will need to select a login identification (“User ID”) and a user password (“User Password”) that is unique and entirely different from your User ID. You agree that you will never divulge or share your User ID or User Password with any third party company or organization for any reason. You agree not to allow any third party company or organization to access or use your user account or provide them with your login information to do so.
Submissions of data or commentary to the Site are subject to the Code of Conduct. The Company reserves the right to suspend privileges without notice for behavior that it deems not to be in concordance with the Code.
In addition, you may not post, upload, or transmit to or otherwise make available through the Site or the Service any content, communications, or other information (collectively, “Unauthorized Content”):
All content or other material available on the Site or through the Service, including but not limited to code, images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, audio and video clips, HTML, and files (collectively, the “Content”), are the property of Company and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under United States and foreign law.
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The Service may provide you with the ability to upload certain information and materials (“User Content”). With respect to User Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service, you grant the Company a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such User Content on the Service solely for the purposes of providing the specific portion of the Service to which such User Content was submitted or made available. Though the Company does not routinely monitor or police User Content, the Company reserves the right to remove any User Content at any time and for any reason. The Company does not claim ownership of any User Content you may submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. To the extent that you provide User Content, you represent and warrant that (i) you have all necessary rights, licenses and/or clearances to provide such User Content and permit the Company to use such User Content as provided above, (ii) such User Content is accurate and reasonably complete, and (iii) as between you and the Company, you shall be responsible for the payment of any third party fees related to the provision and use of such User Content, and (iv) such User Content does not and will not infringe or misappropriate any third party rights or constitute a fraudulent statement or misrepresentation or unfair business practices.
THE SERVICE AND ANY CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITH NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. YOU ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE ENTIRE RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHEMICAL HAZARD DATA COMMONS.
WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT (I) THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS OR ACHIEVE THE INTENDED PURPOSES, (II) THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (III) THE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, CURRENT, ERROR-FREE OR RELIABLE, OR (IV) THAT DEFECTS IN OR ON THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED.
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The Company reserves the right to withdraw, suspend or discontinue at any time and from time to time any Content, information, or services available on the Site or the Service and any functionality or features in or on the Site or the Service, including the cessation of all activities associated with the Site or the Service, with or without notice to you. You agree that the Company shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance.
If you no longer desire to use the Site or the Service, you may terminate your participation therein by ceasing all use of the Site and the Service.
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The Company’s Copyright Agent for notices of disputes or claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
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Phone: (202) 741-5717
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The Data Commons is an interactive community in which you can post information and discuss issues around chemical hazard assessment. We ask everyone to share information about their organization to ensure an open and transparent dialogue informed by knowledge of the organizational biases and potential conflicts of interest that we all bring. See the Code of Conduct for more discussion of this.