Get OSHA’s Free (and Mandatory) Poster Here

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Recently, OSHA offered via its website a free “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster for US workplaces. Required at all non-sole proprietorship workplaces, the OSHA Workplace Safety and Health poster lists fundamental worker rights and employer responsibilities and is available free from OSHA.

You can download it here: OSHA’s FREE WORKPLACE POSTER. You can also order a print copy by phone by calling the OSHA Publications Office at 202-693-1888. You are not required to replace older versions of this poster if you have one already, but might consider using this most recent version, dated 2019 on the bottom right.

On the employee information side, this poster provides information on workers’ rights, including the right to a safe and healthy workplace, training on job hazards, and the right to bring up safety concerns to an employer or OSHA.

On the employer information side, the poster states employers must report workplace injuries and fatalities in a timely manner, provide training, and display the poster “prominently” in the workplace.

It also lists other employer obligations, including providing a workplace free of known hazards and permitting employees to report concerns without retaliation.

The poster is available in English (Publication #3165) and Spanish (Publication #3167). OSHA encourages employers with Hispanic employees to display the Spanish version of the poster.

OSHA also offers the poster in 10 other languages; however, there is no certain ratio of foreign language employees that triggers a requirement for the OSHA notice to be posted in a foreign language; that decision is ultimately up to the employer.

Additionally, as an employer, you may be required to post Federal and State Labor Law posters. If a workplace has any employees (even one), the employer is required by law to display the OSHA Job Safety and Health posters, as well as applicable Federal and State Labor Law posters.

Those are available through the Department of Labor. If you are not sure where to start, the FirstStep Poster Advisor is a good place, as well as contacting your State Labor Office.

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