We continue to learn of complaints from employers who have received "official looking" announcements and -- in some cases -- threatening notices, messages, or telephone calls from various companies requiring that employers 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 (also available in Spanish). We have also learned of a few cases in which individuals, falsely identifying themselves as Department of Labor or OSHA employees, contact employers threatening fines if they do not purchase specific materials.
It's important that all employers do not become victim of misleading solicitation practices or incur unnecessary costs where these resources are concerned.
OSHA's publications and posters are available free to anyone who asks simply by visiting the publications page on the agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html. The publications, posters, fact sheets, etc., can be ordered through the publications office or, in most cases, downloaded directly from the Web site.
As a reminder, employers are required to continually display a poster prepared by the Department of Labor that informs employees of protections afforded under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees can view it. Private employers may use the poster available from OSHA's Web site, or a suitable reproduction or facsimile.
You can contact any OSHA area office throughout the nation to report a misleading solicitation, or to get information on specific workplace safety and health requirements. Those office addresses and phone numbers are available on the agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html.
OSHA updates its Web site daily. We invite you to refer to it often for important information about workplace safety and health.
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