New Year, New OSHA Penalties
In 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act made it mandatory that OSHA increases the monetary minimums for safety fines moving forward. This judicial act has led to an increased level of monetary responsibility for companies found in violation of safety standards across the board. The initial increase constituted a 78% jump in fines compared to the previous 20+ years combined.
At the beginning of this year, OSHA increased fines further by an additional 2% to adjust for rising inflation. Below you can compare 2017 with the 2018 adjusted fine rates.
2017 – Fine Rates per OSHA.gov
2018 – Fine Rates per OSHA.gov
What Can You Do?
With over 20,000+ OSHA violations reported last year alone, many of these issues are bound to be repeated due to lack of proper training or sufficient safety culture. A $130K, or even a $13K, fine can be crippling to a growing business but can be easily avoided if the proper steps are taken to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
Platforms like GoCanvas give you the ability to download all of your industries’ OSHA related documentation right to your mobile devices so that you never again forget to fill out a form. You can also easily organize your OSHA mobile forms by department or use-case so that your employees can easily retrieve the reports they need when they need them.
Afterward, all the data that you collect will be conveniently stored in the cloud for quick retrieval and review in real-time. This will make unexpected and surprise OHSA inspections a breeze since all your documentation will be in one place and easily exportable from your GoCanvas database. And switching to a platform like GoCanvas will make the OSHA mandatory transition to digital for illness and injury recordkeeping extremely pain-free.
If you aren’t already using GoCanvas for your OSHA documentation, now is the time to get started! With fines slated to increase year by year and inspectors cracking down on improper site safety programs, GoCanvas can allow you to quickly customize and deploy the perfect platform for your organization! Click below to get started.