How to Spot a Scam

Thursday, July 23, 2009

OSHA Poster Scheme

Attention Business Owners and Employees,

If traveling or door to door salesmen approach your business with an attempt to sell OSHA Posters, please know that this tactic is a complete scam. While it may be easy to fall for their high pressure sales pitch, just know that it is completely unnecessary for them to even be at your place of business. OSHA offers free official posters so your business will be in compliance. If you do not have an annual compliance poster, please visit OSHA's website and order one.


Advertisements suggesting that OSHA workplace posters must be purchased from private companies to avoid fines may be misleading employers. OSHA reminds employers that its official posters are available free for the asking.

The official OSHA poster was redesigned last year to make it easier to read and understand. The new poster, called "It's the Law!" is available in English and Spanish. Employers need not replace older posters with the new ones, if they prefer to use them. Employers are required to display one of the two posters in a prominent location.

The OSHA poster informs workers of their rights to a safe and healthful workplace, how to file a complaint, report an emergency, and seek OSHA advice, and advises them of their right to confidentiality. It also lists the toll free number for OSHA, 800-321-OSHA, as well as phone numbers for regional OSHA offices around the country.

For a copy of OSHA's poster, visit OSHA's website at For the Spanish version, see Employers can order multiple copies online by visiting, then Newsroom, then Publications. Complete the order form online, and fax your request to Publications at (202) 693-2498. You can also call (202) 698-1888 or write to: U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, OSHA Publications, P.O. Box 37535 Washington, D.C. 20013-7535.

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