August 29, 2016
OSHA fines have remained the same since 1990 and are increasing now due to congressional legislation that required all federal agencies to raise penalties based on inflation.
OSHA Fines will increase 78% from previous levels.
State OSHA plans are also required to adopt the new maximum penalty levels.
The new penalties will take effect after August 1, 2016.
Any citations issued by OSHA from now on will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015. Meaning if the inspection occurred after 11/2/15 and the citations were not issued until after 8/1/16, the new fines apply.
Annual increases for inflation will now be required and posted by January 15 of that year.
OSHA will continue to work with small businesses to provide reductions based on employer size and other factors.