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OSHA Penalties to Increase Significantly on August 1

July 12, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) maximum penalties are set to rise by 78% as part of the federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress and signed into law last year. OSHA’s maximum penalties have not increased in 25 years.  

On August 1, OSHA’s new maximum penalties will change as follows:

  • Other-than-Serious Violation: from $7,000 to $12,471.
  • Serious Violation: from $7,000 to $12,471.
  • Repeat Violation: from $70,000 to $124,709.
  • Willful Violation: minimum of $8,908 to maximum of $124,709
    (Current minimum is $5000 and current maximum is $70,000).
  • Failure-to-Abate: from $7,000 to $12,471.

Any citations issued by OSHA after Aug. 1 will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015. States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans must adopt penalties that are equal to or greater than those implemented by Federal OSHA. After this one-time “catch-up” increase is implemented, metalcasting facilities should expect to see OSHA penalties increase annually with inflation.

If you have questions regarding this matter, contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office, 202-452-7135 or