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OSHA raises penalties for 2019

New amounts take effect once final rule is published in Federal Register

Posted January 16, 2019

OSHA, along with other Department of Labor agencies, will see an increase in penalties in 2019. The Department of Labor released a pre-publication version of its final rule revising civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in the regulations for 2019. The Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 requires the Department to adjust its assessed penalty levels no later than January 15 of each year.

OSHA’s adjusted penalties for 2019 are shown in the following table. They will take effect once the final rule is published in the Federal Register, which is currently on shutdown.

Regulation Type of violation Penalty amounts – 2018 Penalty amounts – 2019
§1903.15(d)(1) Willful violation, minimum $9,239 $9,472
§1903.15(d)(1) Willful violation, maximum $129,336 $132,598
§1903.15(d)(2) Repeated violation $129,336 $132,598
§1903.15(d)(3) Serious violation $12,934 $13,260
§1903.15(d)(4) Other-than-serious violation $12,934 $13,260
§1903.15(d)(5) Failure to correct violation $12,934 $13,260
§1903.15(d)(6) Posting requirement violation $12,934 $13,260

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