Young man wearing safety goggles and other protective clothing while in the workplace.

OSHA Changes & Safety Culture

September 27, 2016

Employers need be prepared for potentially costly encounters with OSHA. New OSHA penalties took effect August 2, 2016. Fines have increased on average 80%, which OSHA hopes will encourage many employers to dedicate resources for safer work environments.

Our approach at RRA is to help our clients identify potential or existing safety hazards, pin-point areas of concern and to find solutions for safety training and education. We achieve this through partnering with our insurance carriers and working through our in-house risk services team lead by Darren Cherek, Loss Control Manager. Darren is known for helping companies create effective Risk Reduction Plans.


 Type of Violation  Previous Max Penalty  New Max Penalty
Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements $7,000. per violation $12,471. per violation
Failure to Abate $7,000. per day beyond the abatement date $12,471. per day beyond abatement date
Willful or Repeated $70,000. per violation $124,709. per violation