OSHA to Increase Maximum Penalties

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Updated Guide to OSHA Training Requirements

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While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maximum penalty amounts – up to $7,000 for each serious violation and $70,000 for each repeat and willful violation – have not increased in a quarter century, they soon will.

Ice Miller, Chicago, Illinois, reports that as part of the federal budget signed into law in November, OSHA is authorized to increase those penalties by approximately 80 percent. Although the precise ceiling is not known, it is expected that the adjustment (which is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index from 1990 to 2015) will take those maximum penalties to over $12,000 for each serious violation and over $120,000 for each repeat or willful violation.

The changes in fines must be implemented no later than August 2016. Thereafter, the maximum penalty amounts may be increased on an annual basis, also tied to inflation. These changes will likely quickly follow in approved state plan states, as the state plans' programs must be at least as effective as the federal program.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov or www.icemiller.com.