OSHA Plain Language Workplace Poster Available

Free posters to promote a worker's right to a safe workplaces are available from OSHA.

OSHA has introduced a workplace poster for informing workers of their rights to a safe workplace. The posters are free and may be downloaded from the OSHA Web site.

"Making sure workers are safe on the job is a top priority of Department of Labor, and OSHA''s new poster is another way we do that," Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said. "Redesigned as part of the Clinton-Gore''s plain language initiative, it give workers and employers information they need to make sure their workplace is a safe workplace."

Employers are not obliged to replace the posters they already have, but they are required to post an OSHA notice of employee rights in a prominent location.

In keeping with the goals of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, the new poster tells workers in plain language that they have the right to a safe workplace, how they may file a complaint, report an emergency or seek OSHA advice, and that they have a right to confidentiality.

Employers in states operating OSHA-approved state plans can get and post the state''s equivalent poster if it has one.

To get copies of the poster, download from the Web site at www.osha.gov.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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