The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased the amounts that it charges in civil penalties. The new amounts apply to any penalties assessed after January 15, 2022.
Why and How OSHA Increased Penalties
The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act requires federal agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties every year by January 15 to account for inflation. Those adjustments are considered necessary so that monetary penalties can continue to deter violations.
For serious and other-than-serious violations, the maximum penalty is now $14,502 per violation. For willful or repeated violations, the maximum penalty in 2022 is $145,027 per violation.
Some states have their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans. Those states must have maximum penalties that are at least as effective as OSHA’s penalties.
Why You Should Stock up on Personal Protective Equipment
If you operate a business where your employees can be exposed to hazardous conditions, you may be required to supply personal protective equipment. If you fail to provide necessary protection for workers, your company can face stiff financial penalties for OSHA violations.
Being proactive and taking steps to prevent injuries can boost employee morale and can also be good for your company’s bottom line. If you follow OSHA’s safety guidelines, you won’t have to worry about being assessed penalties. Preventing injuries can also help your business avoid lost workdays, worker’s compensation claims, and decreased productivity.
Order PPE from 1st Aid Supplies
You understand how your business operates, and you have a responsibility to identify dangers that workers can face on the job and provide them with protective equipment. If you have not recently conducted a safety assessment, you should.
Take a walk around your business, observe employees’ tasks and working conditions, and note any safety hazards that workers face. If you don’t currently provide your employees with personal protective equipment, or if the PPE that your company provides is not adequate, purchase the supplies that you need from 1st Aid Supplies.
We offer a wide range of products that can protect your employees from harm, including safety glasses and goggles, hard hats, masks and respirators, hearing protection, gloves, and ergonomic supplies. You can purchase personal protective equipment in a range of sizes to suit all your workers and stock up so that employees will always have access to the supplies that they need to stay safe. Figure out what types of personal protective equipment your workers need and place an order with 1st Aid Supplies today.