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Cal/OSHA Penalties To Increase Dramatically

Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Cal/OSHA Penalties To Increase Dramatically


The state budget had several bills involved, but SB 96 is the one which includes the Cal/OSHA penalties.

  • The impetus of this was Federal OSHA revamped several of their penalties, which had not been adjusted since the early 1990s. They applied an inflationary factor of 78%. Since California is mandated to be at least as effective as Federal OSHA, some Cal/OSHA penalties had to be adjusted similarly.
  • The California budget is effective 7-1-2017; but these adjustments won't be enforced until Cal/OSHA goes through a regulatory process. They are trying to fast track it, so the changes could be made very soon. We will let you know as soon as they are effective.
  • Penalty amounts will now be adjusted annually for inflation.
  • The penalties for serious violations will not change. California was already much higher than the Feds on serious violations.
  • The maximum penalty for willful/serious violations increases from $70,000 to $124,709, per Labor Code Section 6429.
  • The maximum penalty for posting, record keeping, or general violations goes from $7,000 to $12,471; per Labor Code Sections 6427 and 6431.

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