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August 2005 - OSHA Reminds Employers that Publications Are Free
August 24, 2005
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been hearing of numerous complaints from employers who have received “official looking” announcements and - in some cases - threatening notices from companies requiring that they purchase OSHA documents from them in order to remain in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations. The most popular document being offered for sale is the OSHA Workplace Poster. OSHA wants to make sure that employers do not become victims of these fraudulent solicitation practices or incur unnecessary costs.
In a recent release, OSHA reminds employers that official posters, such as the OSHA Workplace Poster, are available free for the asking. Posters, and most publications, are available at no cost to anyone who goes to the publications page on the agency's Web site at www.osha.gov/pls/publications/pubindex.list or calls the publications office at (202) 693-1888. Most of the publications, posters, fact sheets, etc., can be downloaded directly from the Web site.
The release also offers a reminder to employers that they are required to continually display a poster, prepared by the Department of Labor, which informs employees of protections afforded under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees, as well as applicants for employment, can view it. Private employers may use the poster available from OSHA's Web site, or a suitable reproduction or facsimile.
Employers in States operating OSHA-approvedState plans should obtain and post the State's equivalent poster. (See the “State Programs” link on OSHA's Web page for a list of these States and contact information.)
Employers that feel they have received a fraudulent solicitation can contact the agency at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). They can also contact any OSHA area office throughout the nation for information on specific workplace safety and health requirements. Those office addresses and phone numbers are available on the agency's Web site at www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html.
The information contained in this publication was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. ISO Services Properties, Inc., its companies and employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with either the information herein contained or the safety suggestions herein made. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedure.
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