• Provide specific chemical identity information in nonemergency situations when a written request by a health professional, employee, or designated representative, includes the following:
– Details showing that the specific chemical identity is needed for one or more of the following occupational health reasons:
■ Assessing the hazards of the chemicals employees will be exposed to.
■ Conducting or assessing sampling of the workplace atmosphere to determine employee exposure levels.
■ Conducting medical surveillance of exposed employees.
■ Providing medical treatment to exposed employees.
■ Selecting or assessing personal protective equipment for exposed employees.
■ Designing or assessing engineering controls or other protective measures.
■ Conducting studies to determine the health effects of exposure.
– Details showing why the following alternative information does not meet the needs of the requestor:
■ The properties and effects of the chemical.
■ Measures for controlling employees' exposure to the chemical.
■ Methods of monitoring and analyzing employee exposure to the chemical.
■ Methods of diagnosing and treating harmful exposures to the chemical.
– The procedures that will be used to keep the information confidential.
– A written confidentiality agreement that says:
■ The information will not be used for anything other than the stated health needs.
■ The information will not be released to anyone else, except according to the terms of the agreement or to WISHA.
• If the health care professional, employee, or designated representative receiving the trade secret information decides that there is a need to disclose it to WISHA, they need to inform you prior to, or at the same time as, disclosure being made to WISHA.
• Meet all the following requirements if you decide not to provide the requested trade secret information:
– Provide a written denial within thirty days that includes the following information:
■ The reasons for denying the request.
■ Evidence that the requested information is a trade secret.
■ A detailed explanation of how alternative information may satisfy the requesting party's needs without revealing any specific chemical identity.
– Provide alternative information that allows the requesting party to identify where and when an exposure occurred, if trade secret information was deleted.
– Make available all other information about the properties and effects of the specific chemical.
• If you deny a request for trade secret information, the requestor may refer the written denial, along with the original request, to WISHA for consideration. WISHA will review the denial and determine if it meets the requirements of this chapter, such as whether:
– It is a bona fide trade secret.
– There is a medical or occupational health need for the information.
– Adequate means are in place to protect the confidentiality of the information.
• WISHA may issue orders or impose additional limitations or conditions on the release of the information to make sure that the occupational health needs are met without risk to you when you show WISHA that a confidentiality agreement will not provide enough protection against harm that could be caused to your business by disclosing a specific chemical identity.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010
, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 04-14-026, § 296-816-20015, filed 6/29/04, effective 9/1/04.]