OSHA Penalties for Safety Violations Rise for 2020
Increased OSHA Penalty AmountsOSHA 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 15, 2020.
|Type of OSHA violation||Min. Penalty||Max Penalty||29 CFR 1903.15...|
|Other than serious violation||NA||$13,494||(d)(4)|
|Failure to abate||NA||$13,494||(d)(5)|
|OSHA posting requirement||NA||$13,494||(d)(6)|
See the announcement in the January 15 Federal Register.
Since the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, OSHA has been authorized to raise civil penalties for work safety violations annually to match inflation. Before the 2015 Act, OSHA was exempted from the requirement to raise penalties on an annual basis.
10 Most Common OSHA CitationsOSHA recently released its annual list of the top 10 most-cited safety Standards in fiscal year 2019.
The list of the most commonly cited violations does not change much from year to year, but remains an informative tool that safety professionals can use to identify hazards at their own facilities. The OSHA Top 10 list doesn’t cover every important workplace hazard, but it does provide an overview of the most common and costly violations for American employers.
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