New California OSHA Poster is Out But Previous Version Still OK

You may have heard that a new California OSHA poster (Occupational Safety and Health ) has been issued by Cal/OSHA.  

Although Cal/ OSHA’s “Safety and Health Protection on the Job” is a required state labor law poster, the new November 2009 revision is not a required change. In fact, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) website states that the “previous edition (February 2006) may still be used“.  

Issuing a revised poster while still accepting the previous version as valid is not a common occurrence, but it has happened before.   For example, December 2006 is the latest version of the federal OSHA poster but the U.S. Department of Labor website states “previous versions acceptable”.  

The Cal/ OSHA safety poster explains the basic requirements and procedures for compliance with the state’s job safety and health laws and regulations.   The new version of the state OSHA poster has been updated with some minor changes in the contact information (which includes over 20 office contacts).  

If you need to update your California state labor law poster or federal poster or you would like to order a 1-Year Compliance Protection Plan for worry-free compliance, go to the Poster Compliance Center website at or call 1-800-322-3636.