Employers must provide important
health and safety information
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[July 26, 2019]
Workers have specific rights aimed at protecting them while on the
job and providing for a safe and healthy work environment. To help
ensure they know those rights, all public sector employers are
required to prominently post the Illinois Department of Labor’s Job
Safety and Health poster.
“It is important that employers display this poster where their
workers will see it on a regular basis,” said Department of Labor
Director Michael Kleinik.
Illinois OSHA, a division of the state Department of Labor, covers
public-sector employers in the state. In Illinois, most private
employers fall under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, which also
requires the display of a similar poster.
The poster provides a summary of employees’ rights, for example:
have the right to notify your employer or IDOL about workplace
hazard. You can remain confidential upon request.
have the right to see IDOL citations issued to your employer.
have the right to request an IDOL inspection if you believe that
there are unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.
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And it also addresses employers’ responsibilities:
must furnish your employees a place of employment free from
must comply with the occupational safety and health standards
issued under this Act.
must post any citations issued by IDOL at or near the place of
The poster also notifies employers that they are required to orally
report all work-related fatalities to Illinois OSHA within eight
hours and report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations,
amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours at the Illinois OSHA
hotline – 217-782-7860.
Here is a link to the state safety poster:
Here is a link to the federal OSHA safety poster:
https://www.osha.gov/ Publications/ poster.html
[Illinois Office of Communication and