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.
So how can you get a copy of the poster? We’ve got the information you need below.
Where to Get the OSHA Poster
There are a few ways to get a copy of the Federal OSHA poster:
- 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.
More OSHA Compliance Requirements
Of course, there are more OSHA compliance requirements than just putting up a poster. Here’s some additional OSHA-compliance information for you.
- 6 OSHA Compliance Requirements Nearly All General Industry Organizations Face
- 9 Additional OSHA General Industry Compliance Requirements Your Company May Face
- 5 More OSHA General Industry Compliance Requirements Your Company Probably Must Attend To
The OSHA Poster and OSHA Inspections
You can be sure that an OSHA inspector will look to see if you have the OSHA poster at your site.
For additional information about what to expect during an OSHA inspection, try these other articles:
- 6 Common Triggers of an OSHA Inspection
- 10 Types of Hazards an OSHA Inspector will Look for
- What Happens During an OSHA Inspection
Even More about OSHA
If you found this “OSHA Basics” article on the naming system of OSHA standards helpful, you may also want to check out some of the following articles:
- OSHA Basics: Letters of Interpretation
- OSHA Basics: OSHA Directives
- OSHA Basics: 29 CFR, Parts, Subparts, Sections, and the Paragraph Numbering System
- OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Vertical and Horizontal Standards
- OSHA Basics: Incorporation by Reference (IBR)
- OSHA Basics: The OSHA Field Operations Manual
- OSHA Basics: The General Duty Clause-5.(a)(1)
- OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Special Industry Standards in Subpart R
- OSHA Basics: The OSHA Poster
- OSHA Basics: The Competent Person Role
- OSHA Basics: OSHA Penalties
- OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Yearly Top Ten Lists (Recent Years Overview)
- This three-article series on OSHA General Industry Compliance Requirements
- This three-article series on OSHA Inspections
- This four-article series on OSHA Recordkeeping
Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.
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