The last time OSHA updated the “It’s the Law” poster was in 2007. Now the agency is out with a new version that incorporates new injury reporting obligations for employers. Existing posters do not need to be replaced, but I’d suggest that you post the new one for your employees to be informed as well.
♦ What is the OSHA poster and why do I need it?
The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it.
♦ How do I get a copy?
Note: Please don’t fall prey to companies that call you and tell you that you need to buy them from “their” company.. You don’t! All of the posters that you’d like for your workplace are available FREE from OSHA. Follow the links on this post and you can get any of the OSHA posters noted here for free.
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. Please see the instructions below for downloading a compliant version of the poster.
- Right-click on the hyperlinks below to download the PDF version of the poster. Save the file to a directory of your choice, and then open the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to load the file. For best results, the files should not be printed directly from your Web browser.
- For local PC printing, it is recommended that you use a high-resolution laser or wax-transfer type printer for color reproductions, and that the printer have at least 1 MB of memory. For black and white reproductions, it is still advisable to use a laser printer which is capable of producing at least 300 dpi resolution.
- When preparing to print from a personal computer, check to ensure that the target printer has the ability to produce the proper paper size (the minimum size is 8.5 x 14 inches). Set the Adobe Acrobat printer settings to “Shrink to Fit” and make sure to select the proper paper tray.
NOTE: The particular variables and configurations for each printer may vary, so these instructions are only general.
♦ Is the poster available in other languages?
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.
See Posting requirements for notices in other languages (OSHA Letter of Interpretation, Nov. 12, 2004).
♦ What’s the law?
OSHA’s regulations on the OSHA poster are at 29 CFR 1903.2.
*Note: OSHA requires that reproductions or facsimiles of the poster be at least 8.5″ x 14″ inches with 10 point type.
The new version of the 2015 poster will be available shortly in these languages. Employers can use any of the posters below.