The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules. OSHA raised the penalties to account for the rate of inflation, which has increased since penalties were last raised in 1990.
The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.
The differences in the penalties are shown below:
Type of Violation Previous Penalty Amount New Penalty Amount
Willful or Repeat $5,000 to $70,000 $8,908 to $124,709
Serious $7,000 $12,471
Other-Than-Serious Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471
Failure to Correct Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471
Violation of Posting Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471