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OSHA Penalties Are Increasing Starting January 15, 2021

By January 14, 2021News

Industry Update: 

OSHA’s civil penalty levels for any workplace safety or health violation assessed after January 15, 2021 are increasing. This increase is in accordance with cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.


Please note the following changes:

  • Maximum penalties for willful or repeated violations will increase from $134,937 to $136,532 per violation.
  • Maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations are increasing from $13,494 per violation to $13,653 per violation.


In regard to states with their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans:

  • You must adopt maximum penalty levels that at least match these federal levels.


For more details, please visit OSHA’s recent Enforcement Memo titled “2021 Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties.”