Definition: Exposure (Causal agent)
This is the agent or exposure factor that caused the occupational disease. Information on exposure should be classified in accordance with the classification developped by Eurostat. The classification is structured according to 6 major groups of exposure factors : chemical agents, physical agents, biological agents, biomechanical exposure factors, physiological exposure factors, industrial exposure factors, material and products.
European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS), Phase 1 methodology - Eurostat Working Paper Population and social conditions 3/2000/E/n°XX, December 2000 & Eurostat Working Paper series, Population and social conditions 3/2000/E/n°18 - Classification of the causal agents of the occupational diseases (in all official European languages) - EODS