Effective August 1, 2016, maximum OSHA fines for "serious" violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471 and will be indexed for inflation thereafter. In the context of The Hazard Communication Standard, serious violations involve hazard classification, written Hazard Communication programs, labeling, and no or inadequate training. Serious SDS violations include:
- Failure to have a required SDS
- Failure to provide an SDS at the time of shipment
- Failure to provide an SDS upon request
- Failure to make SDS's readily accessible to employees
- Failure to provide an emergency backup system when using electronic access to SDS's
- Failure to provide SDS's at multi-employer work sites.