Sunday, March 15, 2020

OSHA Fines Increase by 1.8%

On January 15, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased the maximum civil penalties (fines) for serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements to $13,494, from $13,260.  Failure to Abate violations has increased to $13,494 per day beyond the abatement date from $13,260 and Willful/Repeat violations have increased to $134,937 from $132,598.  These civil penalty increases were mandated by Congress, on November 2, 2015, through legislation that required all federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation.  OSHA increased their penalties on August 1, 2016, the link to our previous blog post discussing that increase is below.  Moving forward, as the legislation requires, the penalties will be adjusted each year based on the Consumer Price indexClick here for the 2020 increase announcement.  OSHA will continue to do penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors.  The OSHA January 10, 2020 details the penalty increase, minimum penalties, gravity-based penalty amounts, and serious willful penalty reductions.

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