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.
The new poster informs workers of their right to:
- request an OSHA inspection of their workplace
- participate in an OSHA inspection and speak privately with the inspector
- see any OSHA citations issued to your employer
- request copies of your medical records, tests that measure hazards in the workplace and the workplace injury and illness log
- receive information and training on job hazards
- report a work-related injury or illness
- raise safety and health concerns with their employer or OSHA without facing retaliation, and
- file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days by phone, online or mail, if you’ve been retaliated against.
The poster also lists employers’ legal obligations under the OSH Act to provide a safe workplace and includes the reporting rules that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Companies must now report every fatality, hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye. Fatalities need to be reported within 8 hours, the rest within 24 hours.
Employers must also:
- provide employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards
- train all workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand
- comply with OSHA standards, and
- post citations from OSHA at or near the place of an alleged violation.
Companies must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it (a lunch room, for example). Previous versions of the poster don’t need to be replaced.