In this five-part series, the OSHA attorneys at Cotney Construction Law are discussing the rules and regulations governing the placement of workplace posters in the construction industry. Project sites are constantly changing as the project moves along its timeline, so it’s important to display these informational posters in areas where all of your workers have the opportunity to read them.
In parts one, two, and three, we discussed a handful of common workplace posters that should be displayed conspicuously on job sites. In parts four and five, we will explore the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) “FirstStep Poster Advisor” to demonstrate one of the ways you can figure out which posters to hang on your project site. Of course, if you want to prepare your project sites to be compliant with all federal and state rules and regulations, including those established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), consult the OSHA lawyers at Cotney Construction Law.
What is the FirstStep Poster Advisor?
The FirstStep Poster Advisor is an online questionnaire designed to help contractors and other professionals understand the specific poster requirements for their workplace according to the laws and regulations established by the DOL. Once contractors complete the questionnaire, they can obtain all posters for free from the DOL. However, this questionnaire is only effective for obtaining information about federal poster requirements. For state and local requirements, consult our OSHA attorneys. As a member of a series of “elaws” (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses), the FirstStep Poster Advisor assists employers and employee alike. It is an important source of information for owners, contractors, and employees regardless of their industry.
Exploring the Preliminary FirstStep Poster Advisor Questions
When you first log on to the FirstStep Poster Advisor questionnaire, you will be asked a series of preliminary questions to help establish your role and familiarity with poster requirements. The first few questions include:
- “Do you already know which of the posters administered by the Department of Labor apply to your organization?”
- “What best describes the nature of your business or organization?”
After answering these two questions, you will continue to answer more questions related to your specific industry. In part five, our OSHA lawyers will discuss these questions in detail to help you avoid any confusion when utilizing this program. If you decide that the FirstStep Poster Advisor isn’t for you, you can always contact our OSHA attorneys to answer any of your questions.
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.