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2. Guidelines for the user

2.1 Sections
2.2 Seeking specific information

2.1 Sections

The Compendium of Environmental Standards comprises

- the text section (Sections 1 to 4)

- the sections "Chemical Substances and Groups of Substances" (Section 5) and "International Environment Legislation" (Section 6)

- an annex containing general lists.

The text section sets out the general framework, as well as highlighting basic conditions and special aspects relevant to environmental standards. It provides a structured outline of the field covered, indicating components which determine the environmental relevance of project activities and factors that can serve as environmental standards or related parameters.

The main part of this volume focuses on the two information categories (see Section 1.3, Structure) of particular concern:

- Chemical substances and groups of substances
- International environment legislation

Both of these sections are structured in the same way and a similar approach should be adopted for any information categories added in later editions. The first few pages in each case contain specific explanatory notes; the subsequent register section comprises lists and tabular overviews. These are followed by information sheets giving detailed information on particular subjects such as individual substances, directives and treaties. With the aid of the general index, each register can be consulted in the manner of an encyclopedia. The sources used and their relevance are described in detail in the explanatory notes on each section.

The titles of the general lists are self-explanatory. Particular attention must be drawn to the general index, which serves to link the individual sections and, alongside the table of contents, offers appropriate starting points for using this volume.

2.2 Seeking specific information

Specific information can be sought by looking up individual subjects in the general index (see above). For cases in which the user does not necessarily wish to approach a particular topic via a specific entry, the table on the next page indicates where in this volume further information is likely to be found.

Information categories and references

Information on: Consult/Reference in:
Sources, measures and project activities 1. Index
2. Measure/project categories acc. to EC directive on EIA
Chemical substances and substance groups 1. See specific section
2. See search path
3. Register of substances
4. Index
5. Bibliography and sources
Non-specific substance categories Index
Parameters and indicators Index
Environmental media Index
Acceptors and elements to be protected Index
Categories or environmental subsectors used in specialised planning Index
Uses and functions Index
International environment legislation 1. See specific section
2. Register of environment treaties
3. Bibliography and sources
4. Index
Regulations and guidelines 1. Bibliography and sources
2. List of international multilateral environment treaties
3. Register of EC environment treaties
4. Index

Search path for locating information on a chemical substance/group of substances

Sought: Name of a chemical substance or substance group

Question Name found/Reference
A. Does the CES contain detailed information on the substance?
  1. Index

Contains the substance name in its commonly used form; if not found there:

  2. Index to register of substances with most important common names and synonyms

Contains substance name and indicates

a) principal name for information sheet

b) principal name in the table "Chemical substances of environmental relevance arranged according to selected laws and guidelines; also list of information sheets in register of substances"

  3. Table: Chemical substances of environmental relevance arranged according to selected laws and guidelines; also list of information sheets in register of substances

Indicates among other things whether the substance is covered by an information sheet

B. Is the substance listed in the

EC Directive on Water Protection (most recent version)
soil conservation concept of the Federal Government (most recent version)
Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control TA-Luft (most recent version)?

  1. Table: Chemical substances of environmental relevance arranged according to selected laws and guidelines; also list of information sheets in register of substances

Contains all substances featured in one of the three sets of provisions

C. Is the substance included in the

Catalogue of Substances Hazardous to Water (most recent version)
list of maximum workplace concentrations (MAK) (most recent version)?

  1. If it is also featured in the provisions referred to under B. above:

Table: Chemical substances of environmental relevance arranged according to selected laws and guidelines; also list of information sheets in register of substances

D. Was the substance name not found or is more detailed/specific information required?
  1. Bibliography and sources (comprehensive updated standard works are highlighted in bold type)

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