In the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires certain notices and informational posters to be displayed in the workplace. These posters are intended to serve as daily reminders to help keep workers safe and build a stronger familiarity with important rules and regulations regarding workplace conduct, safety, health, and more. Best of all, most of these resources are available for free via electronic copies from the DOL. Some of these posters are available in multiple languages to best serve your workplace.
Workplace posters are a valuable tool for preventing workplace accidents and boosting your team’s knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance. In this five-part series, the OSHA defense attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss many of the posters that contractors are required to have posted in the workplace and on the project site.
Before we take a look at the actual posters utilized in the construction industry, it’s important to understand that posting requirements vary by statute. In other words, the DOL’s statutes don’t cover all types of businesses. If you want to be absolutely certain that you are complying with the statutes governing workplace posters in the construction industry, contact an OSHA attorney to help clarify how your project sites can become completely OSHA-compliant.
“Employees Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” (FLSA) Poster
The FLSA poster outlines minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards for all private, federal, state, and local government employers. As long as your employees are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC 211, 29 CFR 516.4, you are responsible for displaying this poster on premises. This poster must be displayed conspicuously and in a size where the text can be easily read and understood by employees. It is available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Thai, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Korean. However, there is no citation or penalty for a failure to post.
“Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” Poster
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster to help workers understand their rights and the responsibilities of their employers. All private employers actively engaging in business that affects commerce must post the OSHA poster in plain sight with 10 point font. The poster should be at least 8.5 by 14 inches in size. Failure to display this poster can result in a citation or penalty. In states with OSHA-approved state plans, contractors must procure and display the state’s equivalent poster. This poster is available in English and Spanish as well as other languages.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.