The penalties OSHA assesses for violations have increased as of Jan. 2, 2018. The following chart compares the new OSHA penalties to last year's:

ViolationJan. 2017 Penalty LevelsPenalties as of Jan. 2, 2018
Any willful violation of
OSHA rules or standards
Minimum of $9,054 up to $126,749Minimum of $9,239 up to $129,336
Any repeat violation of
OSHA rules or standards
Up to $126,749Up to $129,336
Any serious violation of
OSHA rules or standards
Up to $12,675Up to $12,934
Any OSHA violation
deemed not serious
Up to $12,675Up to $12,934
Failure to correct a
violation
Up to $12,675 for each day the condition continuesUp to $12,934 for each day the condition continues
Violation of posting
requirements
Up to $12,675Up to $12,934

The OSHA penalties that employers face depend on when the violation(s) occur and when penalties are assessed. OSHA will use the following schedule to determine which penalty amounts apply in a given enforcement case:

Violations OccurringPenalty AssessedWhich Penalty Level Applies
On or before Nov. 2, 2015On or before Aug. 1, 2016Pre-Aug. 1, 2016 levels
On or before Nov. 2, 2015After Aug. 1, 2016Pre-Aug. 1, 2016 levels
After Nov. 2, 2015After Aug. 1, 2016, but on
or before Jan. 13, 2017
Aug. 1, 2016 levels
After Nov. 2, 2015After Jan. 13, 2017, but on
or before Jan. 2, 2018
Jan. 13, 2017 levels
After Nov. 2, 2015After Jan. 2, 2018Jan. 2, 2018 levels

Be sure to register for Five Steps to Mindful Safety, Jan. 24, from 8:30–10:30 a.m., at the CBIA Conference Center in Hartford.