“Free” posters that cost $295? Businesses are confused

Below is a news release from Washington Department of Labor & Industries

Tumwater – Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines.

L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.

The mass mailing has confused many business owners, who assume it’s from L&I. The letters say “final notice,” are addressed to individual businesses, and include a payment stub to purchase the posters for $295.

It’s true that the state and federal governments require certain posters be placed at job sites. While private vendors may sell the posters, the government provides the posters at no cost.

“Our staff has received lots of calls regarding what appears to be a bill for government posters,” said Anne Foote-Soiza, Assistant Director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety. “L&I wants everyone to understand these posters are free for the asking. Please let other business owners know about it, too.”

The free state-required posters are available from any L&I office or by calling 1-866-219-7321 or downloading from the L&I website at posters.Lni.wa.gov.