“In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, will increase by 78%. Going forward, the agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.
The new penalties will take effect after August 1, 2016. Any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.” –OSHA News Release
Here is a schedule of the penalties from the OSHA announcement:
What can you do to minimize the impact of these new penalties:
- Audit your program.
- Audit your training.
- Audit your records.
PMPA members that may not be aware of all of the training that is mandated by OSHA for our shops can download our January “Safety-Employer Musts Table” Here
Here is a link to our original post on the increase from last year