OSHA Committing To Hefty Fines For Violations
In 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed over $3.8 million in fines for COVID-19 violations in the workplace. The majority of these fines were related to recordkeeping, reporting, and improper personal protective equipment (PPE). Many of these OSHA fines were a substantial financial hit to businesses already hurting project delays and other pandemic-related limitations.
In the upcoming months, we are most likely to see a significant hike in oversight and fines. The House Education and Labor Committee is proposing substantial increases to OSHA fines as part of the budget resolution for 2022. The committee seeks to raise OSHA’s minimum fine for willful or repeated violations to $50,000 from $9,753 and the maximum to $700,000 from $136,532.
This proposed increase in COVID-19 fines aims to support the Biden administration’s recent announcement that businesses with more than 100 employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing. These soon-to-be-released OSHA guidelines have businesses across all workplaces and industries scrambling for health screening solutions to avoid steep OSHA fines and ensure the safety of their employees. COVID-19 cases can also contribute to ever higher worker’s compensation premiums.
For employers looking to get ahead of vaccine tracking, there is a simple digital health screening solution that can help ensure your team is in compliance with current local, state, and federal health and safety mandates in the workplace.
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