The OSHA compliance poster has made quite an impression in the labor poster world so far in 2015. Announcements about a 2015 federal OSHA compliance poster update have left many businesses wondering if they have to update their labor posters. Some compliance poster companies and law firms are sending out emails claiming the 2015 OSHA update is a required change. Amidst all this confusion, there have been mandatory updates to some of the state OSHA posters as well.
How the OSHA Posting Requirement Created a Stir in 2015
If you’re wondering what to do about your OSHA compliance posters, you have come to the right place. You’re about to find out the final word on all the OSHA questions that have been plaguing you so far this year. Let’s take a look:
Q: I heard that businesses have to update their federal labor law posters because the OSHA compliance poster changed. Is this true?
A: No it’s not. Although the federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) compliance poster called “It’s the Law!” was updated and has a new revision date of 2015, OSHA very clearly states that “employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster.“
This means that the February 2013 version of the OSHA compliance poster on our current federal labor law poster is still in compliance.
Q: Are there new 2015 changes to the OSHA labor laws?
A: Yes. There have been changes made to the reporting and training requirements for employers:
New OSHA regulations effective January 1, 2015 require that employers:
- Must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours.
- Train all workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand.
The changes also include an updated list of industries exempt from the OSHA recordkeeping requirements due to low occupational illness/injury rates.
Q: What are the changes to the OSHA poster?
The updated poster continues to inform both workers and employers of their respective rights and requirements. It now includes additional information – for example, the employee right to receive training on job hazards and the employer requirement to post OSHA citations.
Over the past 40 years, the OSHA poster has been updated several times with the most recent update in April 2015. However as mentioned above, the OSHA poster published on Poster Compliance Center’s federal labor law posters do not require an update. See the Department of Labor snapshot below:
Stay tuned for more OSHA compliance poster info in our blog tomorrow! We will discuss questions about individual state plans, other changes to the federal OSHA compliance poster and more!