OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.
July 25, 2005
Mr. Daniel Shaw
100 Production Drive
Harrison, OH 45030
Dear Mr. Shaw:
Thank you for your October 8, 2004, letter concerning the use of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) logo on your product. You indicated in your letter that your company manufactures air compressors, which are listed by Underwriters Laboratory Incorporated (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA). We apologize for the delay in our response. Your paraphrased questions and our response are provided below.
Question: Are we allowed to use the OSHA logo next to the UL and CSA logos? Is there any OSHA compliance literature that covers this topic?
Response: No. OSHA standards are not applicable to this issue. The OSHA logo is the property of the United States Department of Labor, and Department policy only allows its use on OSHA and Departmental materials. Furthermore, use of the OSHA logo would create the appearance that OSHA approves, endorses, or sanctions your product. OSHA currently has no statutory basis to allow the use of its logo in this way, and such governmental endorsement is prohibited by Federal ethics rules (5 CFR 2635.702)
Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health. We hope you find this information helpful. If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of General Industry Enforcement at (202) 693-1850.
Richard E. Fairfax, Director
Directorate of Enforcement Programs