Employers should be cautious of an email that has been circulating to numerous employers around the country that appears on its face to be a request from OSHA to download a guidance document about “Safety & Health at U.S.: Protecting Workers and Employers” in order to avoid being fined.
The email, which is not sent from a Department of Labor (“DOL”) email address, contains a newsletter clipping that has both the DOL and the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) logos at the top. It claims that the recipient employers have been selected in a database to receive this guidance document, and that they will receive “an unannounced, onsite inspection” to investigate whether they are meeting Safety & Health Requirements.
OSHA has confirmed that this email was not sent by the Agency. Employers should NOT click on any of the links in the email, should immediately delete it, and should run a virus scan. It is believed to be a phishing scam similar to ones that have plagued employers in the past. OSHA states that it will investigate and potentially refer the matter to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation.
Using OSHA as a front to trick employers has been a ploy scam artists have used in the past. For example, Continue reading