In case you missed it, new, increased civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards went into effect two weeks ago today.
Effective January 2, OSHA increased its penalties by 2% to adjust for inflation, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, with a max fine of nearly $130,000. The new fines apply to all violations that occurred after November 2, 2015, with penalties assessed after January 2, 2018.
Employers that violate OSHA standards are now subject to the following fines, as reported in the latest edition of BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletter :
- Willful violations: between $9,239 and $129,336 per violation (previously between $9,054 and $126,749)
- Repeat violations: up to $129,336 per violation (previously up to $126,749)
- Serious violations: up to $12,934 per violation (previously up to $12,675)
- Other-than-serious violations: up to $12,934 (previously up to $12,675)
- Failure to correct a violation: up to $12,934 for each day the condition continues (previously up to $12,675 for each day it continued)
- Violation of posting requirements: up to $12,934 per violation (previously up to $12,675 per violation)