Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL has published its 2019 OSHA civil penalties.
We had blogged previously about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2018 adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations. The DOL has now finalized the 2019 inflation adjustments which again nudges the penalties even higher. 84 Fed. Reg. 213 (Jan. 23, 2019).
Under the 2019 rule, the maximum OSHA civil penalties will be:
|Other than Serious violations:||$12,675||$13,260|
|Failure to abate (per day):||$12,675||$13,260|
The new OSHA penalty amounts are applicable to OSHA citations issued after January 23, 2019, whose associated violations occurred within the six month statute of limitations.
Going forward, DOL is required to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation by January 15 of each new year.
For more information on this or any related topic please contact the authors, your Seyfarth attorney, or any member of the Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA/MSHA) Team.