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March 20, 1998

Mr. Patrick Zimmerman
Compliance Specialist
Regulatory Compliance Agency, Inc.
P.O. Box 0068
Delray Beach, FL 33447-0068

Dear Mr. Zimmerman:

This is in response to your letter of December 10, 1996, addressed to former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich. The letter requested statistical data regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) enforcement of 29 CPR 1903.2, the Posting of Notice requirements.

Per your request for the "Job Safety and Health Protection" statistical data portion of your letter, the OSHA Office of Statistics computed during Fiscal Year 1997 (October 1996 - September 1997), that the regulation which requires posting of the notice, 29 CFR 1903.2, was cited five (5) times with no penalties assessed. During Fiscal Year 1996, this standard was cited twelve (12) times, again with no penalties.

OSHA's inspection policy dictates that when a compliance officer discovers that the employer has not posted the notice, he or she simply provides a poster to the employer, thus enabling the employer to immediately come into compliance with the regulation.

I appreciate the opportunity to clarify this matter for you.


John B. Miles, Jr.
Directorates of Compliance Programs