As provided by the Inflation Adjustment Act, the US Dept of Labor has announced an increase in OSHA’s civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments. The increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after January 15, 2022.

The new adjusted maximum penalty amounts are:

  • Serious and Other-than-Serious: $14,502 per violation (an increase from $13,653)
  • Failure to Abate: $14,502 per day beyond the abatement date (an increase from $13,653)
  • Willful or Repeated: $145,027 per violation (an increase from $136,532)

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s.

Learn more about State Plans.

Learn more at the OSHA Penalties webpage.

Read the January 14, 2022 Federal Register Notice

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