The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published its final rule adjusting civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department for any Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations associated with a workplace safety and health inspections. The DOL is required by law to annually adjust its civil penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15th of each year.

The new penalty assessments went into effect January 16, 2023. The minimum and maximum amounts are as follows:

The date for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) for pre- and post-harvest agricultural water requirements for non-sprout covered produce is set for Jan. 26, 2023 for businesses that don’t fall into the small business or very small business categories, which have a Jan. 26, 2024 and Jan. 26, 2025 date, respectively.

Kara Timmins


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