As if OSHA penalties weren’t already drastic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule on 1/23/2019 that increases maximum penalty amounts for 2019. The numbers are staggering; for most violations, the new maximum penalty amount is $13,260. For willful or repeated violations, the updated maximum penalty amount is $132,598.
Normally, Federal law requires OSHA to increase penalty amounts by January 15 every year. However, the federal government shutdown delayed the process in 2019.
OSHA RELEASES NEW MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR 2019
First and foremost, employers should become familiar with OSHA’s new penalty amounts and review their workplace policies and procedures to ensure OSHA compliance.
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