OSHA: Big News Out of the Nation's Capital in Regards

There’s big news out of the nation’s capital in regards to OSHA. The new budget from Washington, signed into law on November 2, 2015, includes an amendment (http://1.usa.gov/21gI1E9) that provides for a change in how much OSHA can fine companies. Up to this point, OSHA was exempt from increasing penalties to account for inflation.

What does this mean for your business? The possibility of fines rising by as much as 80%. For example, the maximum penalty for a willful violation could rise from $70,000 to as much as $127,000. In addition, OSHA will now be allowed to adjust penalties yearly to account for inflation.

Now more than ever, it’s important to bring your business into compliance in all areas under OSHA oversight. If you aren’t sure where you stand, Capital Safety Services can assist you with your workplace safety plans before OSHA brings the hammer down.

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