OSHA fines increasing by up to 80 percent after August 1

In November 2015, Congress enforced regulations requiring federal agencies to administer their civil penalties, to create inflation. The Department of Labor is changing the penalties for its agencies, which includes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s optimum fees and penalties that had been last changed in 1990, will increase by 78 percent. Going forward, the agency will continuously regulate its penalties for inflation every year depending on the Consumer Price Index.

The latest penalties are going to take effect after August 1, 2016. Any citations dispensed by OSHA following that date will be susceptible to the new fees and penalties if the relevant violations happened after November 2, 2015.

OSHA fines increasing by up to 80 percent after August 1

Changes to penalties

To give assistance to field staff on the execution of the new penalties, OSHA is going to issue changes to its Field Operations Manual by August 1. To deal with the impact associated with these penalty increases on smaller sized businesses, OSHA will give penalty cutbacks considering the size of the employer and other contributing factors.

State Plan

States that operate their specific Occupational Safety and Health Plans need to adopt optimum penalty levels which are no less than as effective as the federal OSHA’s are.

Looking for assistance?

There is absolutely no better time to ensure your safety management program is compliant. Many of our clients have experienced OSHA inspections in the past few months, along with the commonality of extremely aggressive officers seeking to give out violations. ABLE Safety Consulting is prepared to assist you in evaluating your program, deal with an assessment, and remediate citations.

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