Provided by Smart Training

Dental practices are under increased pressure to achieve regulatory compliance after substantial changes to OSHA increased civil penalty amounts. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the changes to OSHA penalties, which became effective January 16, 2024.

What Are the New Penalties?

Serious and Other-Than-Serious

The maximum penalty will increase to $16,131 per violation in the serious or other-than-serious category. Serious violations encompass issues like the absence of ANSI-approved eyewash stations, improper fire extinguisher placement, or providing inadequate PPE. Other-than-serious violations include incomplete recordkeeping, such as inadequate training documentation, maintenance records, and notice postings.

Failure to Abate

Violations in this category will match the $16,131 per day (generally limited to 30 days maximum).

Willful and Repeat

These violations will increase to a maximum of $161,323 each, in-line with the 10x increase from prior years.

Maximum penalties have increased by more than 20% since 2018. Why?

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 compels federal agencies to release “catch-up” rules to adjust their civil penalty levels and make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation. Agencies are obligated to publish these adjustments by January 15 each year.

With OSHA’s civil penalty adjustments for 2024, prioritizing workplace safety is crucial. Also, keep in mind though stories of “that one practice” facing OSHA scrutiny are familiar, reaching the maximum penalty for violations requires a sequence of poor decisions and noncompliance.

If the possibility of OSHA violations at your practice raises concerns about your regulatory compliance, contact Smart Training for a thorough assessment and guidance. Proactive compliance is not just a legal obligation but also safeguards your team and ensures your practice’s resilience amid evolving regulatory landscapes.