U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Washington, D.C. 20210
December 4, 2023
Editor(s) and Reader(s) of Posting and Toasting, a SB Nation website
Vox Media Inc.
1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
The purpose of this letter is to alert you to an issue that has been brought to the attention of the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has become aware of the inordinate amount of references to an "Obi Toppin." Your website states that you are a New York Knicks website and that your content is purely Knicks-oriented. While some tangents from the norm are both reasonable and expected, we have come to the conclusion that the number of "Obi Toppin" mentions are both unreasonable and unheralded.
We have not arrived at this denouement lightly. Late last week, an OSHA inspection of your site revealed no less than 58,653 references to "Obi Toppin" between the dates of November 28, 2023 and December 3, 2023.
OSHA and independent "Obi Toppin" reference tests conducted throughout the entire Internet
have yielded results that your site mentions the words "Obi" and "Toppin" more than any other digital or analog reference medium in written history. As such, you are in the 100th percentile; and thus well above even the most stringent of OSHA standards (AL, PEL, STEL). Please be advised that we are still tracking "Obi’s" and "Toppin’s" at rates equal to "the," "is," and "takes."
Typically, only a citation would be issued to the employer after OSHA inspectors conducted egregious name usage sampling. The above is just one example, but there are other instances where OSHA investigations have found exposures to the over-usage of namesakes. Further, OSHA's laboratory performed an analysis of where "Obi Toppin" has been used, and it revealed significant levels relegated to the "All Comments" section of your articles. Pursuant to 26 CFR
1743.1408, the agency requires that any word or words used more than definite or indefinite articles could potentially present the public with severe psychological hazards. Hazards associated with the incessant repeating of "Obi Toppin" must be listed if it is present
in the article or comment section at 0.1 % or more of the total word count regardless of subject matter.
It is improper to provide misleading information or make misrepresentations regarding content (in this case the New York Knicks and its present roster), OSHA’s duty to oversee or regulate said content (if found to be in arrant disregard), or to lampoon or satirize the agency's duties in this regard.
When such use comes to our attention, we insist that any and all implied or stated references to the previously referred to overused name must be discontinued immediately. Therefore, we request that you take the following corrective action:
• Remove any and all references to "Obi Toppin," "Obi" or "Toppin" from your website.
• Publish a daily post that says "It has been X days since the last 'Obi Toppin' mention." This shall be the only place where that name is referenced. We have found that this kind of safety measure has yielded results well above acceptable OSHA limits.
Attached please find OSHA's hazard alert on unceasing name-dropping that could cause severe long term psychological damage to any literate vertebrate. Thank you for your attention in this very important matter.
Shecky Skowron, Director
Office of Communications