Effective January 14, 2022, OSHA has increased civil penalties
for workplace health and safety violations to keep pace with inflation.
- A maximum civil penalty of $14,502 applies to serious violations, non-serious violations, failure to correct violations, and failure to post required information for employees.
- For a willful or repeated violation of OSHA workplace safety standards, the maximum civil penalty is now $145,027. The minimum penalty increased to $10,360.
OSHA assigns different penalty amounts to violations of different kinds. Below are the adjusted civil penalties for violations occurring after November 2, 2015 for which OSHA assesses penalties after January 14, 2022.
|Type of OSHA violation
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|Other than serious violation
|Failure to abate
|OSHA posting requirement
Typically, OSHA does not issue citations for de minimis
violations. A de minimis violation is one that has no direct or immediate impact on safety and health. Minor recordkeeping variations and minor inspection irregularities are potential examples of de minimis violations.
The 10 Most-Cited OSHA Standards
OSHA released its latest Top 10 list in October 2021. For general industry workplaces, the most commonly cited health and safety Standards last year included hazard communication, machine guarding, forklift safety, lockout/tagout, and respiratory protection.
: Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2021
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