Protecting Chemical Trade Secrets Vs. OSHA Compliance

Law360, New York (July 8, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT) -- Scenario: You are a chemical manufacturer and have created a chemical formulation that you intend to keep secret, to keep others from copying your product. The new formulation is hazardous and therefore must be handled with care in order to prevent incidents arising from improper transportation (e.g., cannot be exposed to heat or will explode), improper handling (e.g., will burn when in contact with skin), and improper use (e.g., cannot be ingested). You know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires chemical manufacturers to provide safety data sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as material safety data sheets) to communicate the risks of...

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