OSHA INCREASES MAXIMUM PENALTY AMOUNTS
On July 1, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final rule that increases the civil penalty amounts the agency may impose on employers that violate workplace safety and health standards.
The increased amounts will apply for penalties proposed by OSHA on or after Aug. 1, 2016. These will include any penalties associated with violations that occurred on or after Nov. 2, 2015. OSHA will accept comments on the interim final rule until Aug. 15, 2016.
The increases, which are based on inflation, reflect an initial catch-up adjustment to update penalty levels that have not changed in over 25 years. The adjustment resulted in penalties that are about 78 percent higher than the current levels.
Employers should become familiar with the new penalty amounts and review their health and safety policies to ensure compliance with all OSHA standards.
Employers that have undergone OSHA inspections on or after Nov. 2, 2015, should be aware that the increased penalty amounts will apply to them if OSHA waits until Aug. 1, 2016, or later to propose any applicable penalties.
You can read more in our Compliance Bulletin.
For assistance or questions about how you can avoid OSHA violations and penalties, please contact Patrick Kerby, Director of Risk Mitigation Services by phone or email below.
Patrick Kerby, LPC | Director, Risk Mitigation Services
T. 813.984.3277, C. 813.431.3273