OSHA Fines Increase by as-much-as 78%

From our friends at Accuform

Earlier this month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased the maximum penalty by 78% for the first time in 25 years.

The new penalties took effect on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Any citations issued by OSHA on or after this date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Here’s what the changes look like dollar-wise:

Type of Violation                 Current Maximum            New Maximum
Penalty                                  Penalty
Serious                                    $7,000 per violation        $12,471 per violation
Posting Requirements

Failure to Abate                   $7,000 per day                   $12,471 per day

Willful or Repeated           $70,000 per violation      $124,709 per violation
Source OSHA

Adjustment to Penalties

To provide guidance to OSHA field staff on the implementation of the new penalties, OSHA issued revisions to its Field Operations Manual. To address the impact of these penalty increases on smaller businesses, OSHA will continue to provide penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors.

State Plan States

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s.

For More Assistance

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program provides professional, high-quality, individualized assistance to small businesses at no cost.

OSHA also has compliance assistance specialists in most of their 85 Area Offices across the nation who provide robust outreach and education programs for employers and workers.

To read more about these changes please visit https://www.osha.gov/penalties/, here more detailed information can be obtained on how these increases could impact you.

Ultimately a safe-workplace can help to avoid fines levied by OSHA. Accuform encourages you to team up with your local Safety/MRO Product Distributor to learn more about further building a culture of safety at your workplace.

Have a safe and great week!