The Federal OSHA Poster: Job Safety and Health-It’s the Law!

In the 1970s, my sister had a poster of Sean Cassidy on her bedroom wall, and I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on mine. These two posters were essentially required for girls and boys in the United States at that time.

In the same way, most businesses are required to display an equally exciting poster on the walls of their workplace. That’s right, I’m talking about the federal OSHA poster, also known as “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law.”

The federal OSHA poster informs workers of their rights under their Occupational Safety and Health Act, and, according to 1903.2, covered employers must post it at the workplace.

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So how can you get a copy of the poster? Here are a few ways:

  • Order a copy online
  • Order a copy by phone by calling OSHA’s toll-free number at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or the OSHA Publications Office at 202-693-1888
  • Download a copy from OSHA’s website (be sure to read the Downloading Instructions on this page)

Although the poster is available in four different languages, OSHA currently only requires that you post the English version. They do, however, encourage employers with employees that speak Spanish, Portugese, or Polish to use the other versions of the poster as well.

Finally, employers in states with an OSHA-approved state plan may also be required to post a state OSHA poster. Here’s a list of the state plans.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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