OSHA Announces Annual Adjustments to Civil Penalties
The adjustments to the civil penalty amounts take effect on Jan. 15.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Jan 15, 2021
The Department of Labor announced adjustments to OSHA civil penalty amounts on Jan. 13.
The adjustments are based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021. OSHA must make these adjustments because of the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act, which requires agencies to publish “catch-up” rules that adjust penalty levels annually.
OSHA’s maximum penalties for serious and “other-than-serious” violations increased from $13,494 per violation to $13,653 per violation. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations increased from $134,937 per violation to $136.532 per violation.
The adjustments are effective Jan. 15, and the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties given out after this date.
For more information, visit osha.gov.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.