Issue Analysis on 'Trade Secret Claim' in 「Chemicals Control Act」 and 「Amendment on Occupational Safety and Health Act(1917-227)」

「화학물질관리법」과 「산업안전보건법」의 영업비밀 사전 허가 제도 도입과 관련한 쟁점 분석

Kim, Shinbum;Lee, Yun Keun;Choi, Youngeun

  • Received : 2015.12.04
  • Accepted : 2015.12.18
  • Published : 2015.12.31


Objectives: The major objectives of this study are to review the issues surrounding trade secret claims in the Chemicals Control Act and Amendment on Occupational Safety and Health Act(1917-227) and to propose a way of improving the reliability of chemical information in MSDSs, labels and National Chemical Survey results. Materials: To review the issues on trade secret claims, we made an analysis frame which was divided into three steps: Value and Problem Recognition; New Regulation Design; and Enforcement and Amendment. We then compared Korean issues with issues from the United States' Hazard Communication Standard and Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act, Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and Hazardous Materials Information Review Act and the European Union's Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and Mixtures. Results: The stage of right-to-know development in Korea has passed the Value and Problem Recognition phase, so efforts are needed to elaborately design new regulation. Conclusions: We recommend two ways to improve right-to-know in Korea. First, strict examination of the quality of documents for trade secret claims is very important. Second, trade secrets should be limited to less-hazardous substances.


Chemicals Control Act;MSDS;Occupational Safety and Health Act;right-to-know;trade secret claim


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