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    Home / News  / New OSHA Penalty Adjustments Take Effect August 1

    New OSHA Penalty Adjustments Take Effect August 1

    In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies such as OSHA to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation.

    Effective August 1, OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, increase by 78%. Going forward, OSHA will continue to adjust penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

    Type of Violation Current Maximum New Maximum
    Serious /
    Other-than-serious /
    Posting requirements
    $7,000 per violation $12,741 per violation
    Failure to abate $7,000 per day $12,741 per day beyond the abatement date
    Willful or repeated $70,000 per violation $124,709 per violation


    (Note: Citations issued by OSHA after August 1 are subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.)

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    One of the many services that Payday provides our clients is compliance assessments performed by our Safety and Risk Management Department. These assessments provide recommendations that, if followed, improve OSHA compliance and may prevent costly penalties like those mentioned above.

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