The Occupation Safety and Health Act, OSHA, requires that all covered employers display a poster in their workplace, alerting their employees about their rights. The new poster, available for download, must be installed in a place where all workers can see it. Some jurisdictions might have an alternate state-specific plan, allowing for a different version of the OSHA poster. If you are under federal jurisdiction, then you must have the Federal Agency Poster.
How to Get a Copy
You can get a copy of the OSHA poster in several ways:
- Order a print copy online from the OSHA Publications Web page. The English version is publication number 3165. The Spanish version is publication number 3167.
- Order a print copy by phone. Call OSHA's toll-free number at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or the OSHA Publications Office at 202-693-1888.
- Download a copy from the OSHA Web site. Note: OSHA requires that reproductions or facsimiles of the poster be at least 8.5" x 14" inches with 10 point type.
OSHA regulations do not specify or require employers to display the OSHA poster in a foreign language. However, OSHA encourages employers with Spanish-speaking workers to also display the Spanish version of the poster.
Why Do I Need the Poster?
OSHA requires that all workers display the poster according to regulations established at 29 CFR 1903.2. The poster alert workers about their rights and employers of their responsibilities. The new poster informs workers of their right to request an OSHA inspection, which procedure can be found in this interesting and helpful article, how to receive information and training on work hazardous environments, how to report work-related illness and how to present issues or potentially hazardous conditions to their employers without being retaliated against.
The new poster contains, in addition to the standard information, information about the new reporting procedure and requirements for employers, responsibilities to train workers, how to comply with OSHA standards and post citations at or near the place of an alleged violation. Employers must now report every hospitalization and fatality, amputation and loss of an eye. They also must be able to train workers in a language they can understand. Not having the poster posted at a visible location could lead to severe fines by OSHA. OSHA's 'It's the Law' poster is free and can be downloaded. Previous versions of the poster do not need to be replaced.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.