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The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was enacted to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women." The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the federal level and provided that states could run their own safety and health programs as long as those programs were at least as effective as the federal program.

Enforcement and administration of the OSH Act in states under federal jurisdiction is handled primarily by OSHA. Safety and health standards related to field sanitation and certain temporary labor camps in the agriculture industry are enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in states under federal jurisdiction.

Poster Requirements

Poster. All covered employers are required to display and keep displayed the OSHA “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law(http://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html)” poster unless the employer’s workplace is located in a state that operates an OSHA-approved state plan(http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/index.html). There is a separate poster for Federal agencies(http://www.osha.gov/Publications/fedposter.html). The OSHA poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees can see it. Reproductions or facsimiles of the poster shall be at least 8 1/2 by 14 inches with 10 point type. This poster is also available in Spanish and other languages(http://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html). Posting of the notice in languages other than English is not required, but OSHA encourages employers with workers that speak other languages to also display the other relevant versions of the poster.

Each state or territory with a state plan has a poster that employers covered by the plan must display. State plan OSHA offices(http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/states.html) can be contacted to obtain a copy.  Contact your Federal OSHA office(http://www.osha.gov/html/oshdir.html) or your state plan office to determine coverage.

Notices. Employees, former employees and their representatives have the right to review the OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-related Illnesses and Injuries, in its entirety. Employers are required to post the Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses (Form300A)(http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/new-osha300form1-1-04.pdf#Page=8) in a visible location so that employees are aware of the injuries and illnesses that occur in their workplace. Employers are required to post the Summary Form (300A) by February 1 of the year following the year covered by the form and keep it posted until April 30 of that year.

DOL Contacts

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (http://www.osha.gov)
Contact OSHA(http://www.osha.gov/html/Feed_Back.html)
Tel.: 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742); TTY: 1-877-889-5627


For questions on other DOL laws, please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.