Although the Job Safety & Health Posters are an important component of OSHA compliance, this resource in and of itself does not ensure compliance. I am finding more and more practices that have taken the initiative to aquire and display the poster and are operating from the assumption that they have satisfied much of what is required by OSHA. If only this were true. It is important to understand that the poster itself does not satisfy your requirements, rather, the content and resources it contains does. The poster typically includes the OSHA's Standard for Safety & Health, The OSH Act, and OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301, which may or may not be required, depending on the number of people you employ. Additionally, I am finding that the posters and other required signage required by the Department of Labor are not being posted prominantly. This is a critical factor in that the sole purpose of these documents is not to simply be posted, but to educate and inform employees. This information needs to be discussed and reviewed peridocially, as well as made a priority in your practice.
Jon Harris has been coaching and consulting small businesses for more than a decade. His expertise in legal and environmental compliance comes from years of experience assessing liability, developing and implementing action plans to eliminate those liabilities, and pioneering best practices to prevent reoccurrences. He is bringing his corporate experience to small business to foster a new approach to managing liability.