In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA's maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, will increase by 78%. Going forward, the agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index. The new penalties will take effect after August 1, 2016.  Any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Serious Violation

  • Current Maximum Penalty $7,000 per violation
  • New Maximum Penalty $12,471 per violation

Failure to Abate

  • Current Maximum Penalty $7,000 per day
  • New Maximum Penalty $12,471 per day

Willful or Repeated

  • Current Maximum Penalty $70,000 per violation
  • New Maximum Penalty $124,709 per violation

August 1. 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. 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 information on how Greystone haelp reduce or eliminate penalties, call Steve Valentine at (315) 263-3183.