To determine compliance, OSHA inspectors have authority to gain access to company records, including trade secrets and other proprietary information. Although you can’t deny inspectors access to records on this ground, OSHA regulations do include provisions that enable companies to ensure that OSHA keeps the information confidential vis-à-vis third parties. But you need to understand the rules and procedures to take advantage of this protection.
HOW TO USE THIS TOOL
Here’s a Model Memo that explains to staff how the OSHA trade secret protection procedures work and provides instructions about how to request such protection when OSHA inspectors show up. Adapt it to fit your own needs and circumstances. Use this Model Notice with this tool.