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OSHA Penalty Adjustments - August 2016

Penalty adjustments for citations issued by OSHA are now in effect.

  • Sep 27, 2016

The new penalties took effect August 2, 2016. Any citations issued by OSHA on or after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violation occurred after November 2, 2015.

Type of Violation

Current Maximum Penalty

New Maximum Penalty



Posting Requirements

$7,000 per violation


Failure to Abate

$7,000 per day beyond the abatement date

$12,417 per day beyond the abatement date

Willful or Repeated

$70,000 per violation

$124,709 per violation

Adjustment to Penalties

Field Operations Manual will be updated by August 1. OSHA will continue to provide penalty reduction based on the size of the employer.

The penalties will increase going forward to account for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.