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Plastic Industry Forum - Converse with Plastics Processing Leaders / Business / OSHA Fines to Increase Significantly in 2016
Posted:  18 Nov 2015 21:37
OSHA’s maximum penalty amounts – up to $7,000 for each serious violation and $70,000 for each repeat and willful violation – have not increased in a quarter century. That is all about to change. As a part of the federal budget signed into law earlier this month, OSHA is authorized to increase those penalties by what will amount to approximately 80%. Although the precise ceiling is not known, it is expected that the adjustment (which is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index from 1990 to 2015) will take those maximum penalties to over $12,000 for each serious violation and over $120,000 for each repeat or willful violation. The changes in fines must be implemented no later than August, 2016. Thereafter, the maximum penalty amounts may be increased on an annual basis, also tied to inflation. These changes will likely quickly follow in approved state plan states, as the state plans' programs must be at least as effective as the federal program.

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