For the first time in 25 years, OSHA will be increasing its penalties. This change is a catch-up adjustment since it has been so many years since the organization has increased fines. Violation fees are expected to go into effect by August 1, 2016.2016 penalty increases include:
|Violation Type||Current Maximum Penalty||2016 Maximum Penalty*|
|Other than Serious Violations||$7,000||$12,600|
*Shared by OSHA Training Institute Educational Center
The new change comes after a budget deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015. Going forward, potential fine increases may occur no later than January 15 of each year. OSHA can choose to increase the above penalties less than the maximum amount for one of two reasons:
- If the increase would have a negative effect on the economy
- If the full increase would result in social costs that outweigh the benefits of the increase
You can ensure your workplace safety programs and equipment are meeting OSHA standards by doing the following:
- Confirm employee training is comprehensive and documented
- Access workplaces for potential hazards and address them
- Address employee safety concerns
- Confirm existing safety equipment is fully functioning and compliant
If your business or organization currently doesn't have a safety program in place, consider creating and implementing one. Check out these health and safety programs and guidelines offered by OSHA to help prevent and control workplace hazards.
Should you have any questions, we're here to help! Give our safety experts a call at 800-829-9580 to answer your questions or help you with your safety plan.