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Federal OSHA: OSHA Issues Scam Warning
02/06/2008
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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a warning to employers about scam artists trying to coerce employers into purchasing OSHA documents. According to the agency, employers have received threatening notices, messages, or telephone calls from various companies saying that to be in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations, the employer must buy the OSHA documents from them. The most popular item offered for sale is the OSHA Workplace Poster. Also, individuals have falsely identified themselves as U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or OSHA employees and threatened employers with fines if they don't purchase specific materials.

OSHA is reminding employers that, although required to display OSHA materials (and required to continually display a DOL poster informing employees of protections afforded under the Occupational Safety and Health Act), all of the OSHA materials that are required to be posted are available free of charge from OSHA either electronically at www.osha.gov or through the OSHA publications office. (The same is true for all required Cal/OSHA materials.) Also, although companies legitimately sell OSHA materials compiled in a single package or printed on a single poster or in a laminated format for the employer's convenience, there is no requirement that employers purchase materials from these companies; employers can obtain the materials from OSHA and compile and laminate them themselves.

Employers can report any company that threatens or otherwise fraudulently solicits them to OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA.

Additional Resources:

Articles on OSHA

What's on Your Safety Poster? Cal/OSHA's Requirements

Special Report: Key Differences Between California OSHA and Federal OSHA




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