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Washington Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.108

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Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), RCW 49.17.010et seq., and safety and health regulations at Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-800-100 to 296-800-370

Confidential records: RCW 43-21A-160

Air: RCW 70.94.205 and WAC 173-401-620

Water: Pollution Disclosure Act of 1971, RCW 90.52.020

Waste discharge permits: WAC 173-216-080

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) applications: WAC 173-220.080

General permits: WAC 173-226-160

Biosolids management: WAC 173-308-310

Hazardous waste: RCW 70.105.170

Dangerous Waste Reports: WAC 173-303-810(15)

Executive Summaries: WAC 173-307-130

Occupational, safety and health:

Inspections: RCW 49.17.200

Worker and Community Right to Know: RCW 49.70.160 to 49.70.165

Hazard Communication Program: WAC 296-816-100 to 296-816-300

Agricultural facilities: WAC 296-62-05305

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

Washington Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) Division of Safety and Health

See the state section ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for a complete list of WDOE offices.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Similar to federal law, Washington allows certain information to be considered confidential business records when being submitted to WDOE, DLI, or any other state agency as a condition of a permit or regulation. Washington generally follows the federal procedures that require persons to make trade secrecy claims in writing at the time the information is first sent to an agency. Facilities should contact the specific state agency to which information is submitted for specific ...


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