OSHA Announces 2021 Citation Penalty Increase

Ever since the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act was passed by Congress in 2015, OSHA has been required to increase the maximum penalty they can assess businesses for violations. The intent is to keep the penalty amounts in line with the annual rate of inflation, so as to continue to use the penalties as an appropriate deterrent for not following their regulations.

Effective January 15, 2021, OSHA has officially increased maximum allowable penalties by 1.182%, a decrease from 2020’s increase of 1.78%.

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