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Mon January 28, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the agency's adjusted maximum civil penalty amounts for 2019. These took effect on January 23 upon publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.    

The new penalties are:

  • Serious, Other-Than-Serious and Posting Requirements violations: $13,260 per violation (2018 maximum was $12,934)
  • Failure to Abate: $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date (2018 maximum was $12,934)
  • Willful or Repeated: $132,598 per violation (2018 maximum was $129,336)

This is also a good time to remind those covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping rule that employers are required to prepare the OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” have it reviewed and certified by a company executive, post it beginning February 1, and keep it posted through April 30.  

Is your company covered by the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation? Make sure your calendars are marked for the March 2 submission deadline for each establishment’s OSHA Form 300A (“Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses”) for 2018. These must be filed using the Injury Tracking Application. OSHA’s website has answers to frequently asked questions, and further information on recording and reporting requirements, here. For State Plan sites, don’t forget to check if the state has adopted the new requirements.

Additionally, the final rule for “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” was published in the Federal Register on January 25, and becomes effective on February 25. Among other measures, the rule amends the recordkeeping regulation “by rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301.”