Compliance Bulletin: OSHA Announces Penalty Increases for 2019


On Jan. 15, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the maximum penalties for violations of workplace health and safety requirements will increase in 2019.

Action Steps

For most violations, the new maximum penalty amount will be $13,260. For willful or repeated violations, the new maximum penalty amount will be $132,598. These new amounts will go into effect once a final rule that outlines them is officially published. Publication is currently delayed by the federal government shutdown. In the meantime, OSHA has issued a “pre-publication” version for informational purposes.

Employers should become familiar with OSHA’s new penalty amounts and review their workplace policies and practices to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements.

Employers can also monitor the Federal Register website for information about when the new penalty amounts will apply.

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