OSHA Penalties for Health and Safety Violations Increased
- 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.
|Type of OSHA violation||Min. Penalty||Max Penalty||29 CFR 1903.15...|
|Other than serious violation||NA||$14,502||(d)(4)|
|Failure to abate||NA||$14,502||(d)(5)|
|OSHA posting requirement||NA||$14,502||(d)(6)|
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 StandardsOSHA 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.
Read more: Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2021
Online Safety Training to Avoid ViolationsCheck out Lion.com/OSHA to find safety training to inform and protect your workforce. From 10-hour training for general industry workers to HazCom, HAZWOPER, and more, Lion offers online safety training that is informative and easy-to-use.
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