State Plan Website]
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Suite 321
Honolulu, HI 96813
PH: (808) 586-8844
Dwight Takamine, Director of Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
HIOSH (Enforcement & Consultation)
830 Punchbowl Street, Suite 423
Honolulu, HI 96813
Diantha Goo, HIOSH Administrator
PH: (808) 586-9116
PH: (808) 586-9100
Accident Reporting Line
PH: (808) 586-9102
PH: (808) 586-9092
FAX: (808) 586-9104
How to File a Complaint
Field Office locations and telephone numbers are available on the HIOSH
About the Hawaii State Plan
The State of Hawaii, under an agreement with OSHA, operates an occupational safety and health program in accordance with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Hawaii's Occupational Safety and Health Plan was approved on January 4, 1974, and was certified on May 9, 1978 as having completed all specified developmental steps. On April 30, 1984 the State was granted final approval and concurrent Federal enforcement authority was relinquished under Section 18(e) of the Act. However, on September 21, 2012, the Hawaii State Plan's approval status was modified from final approval to initial approval in order to allow for concurrent Federal jurisdiction and supplementary Federal enforcement activity (77 FR 58488). This action was in response to Hawaii's request for Federal enforcement assistance during a period of program strengthening and rebuilding.
The designated agency for the administration of the Hawaii State Plan is the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR). Within the DLIR, the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) is responsible for both enforcement and consultation programs. HIOSH is headquartered in the State capital of Honolulu.
The Hawaii State Plan applies to all private and public sector places of employment in the State, with the exception of Federal employees, the United States Postal Service (USPS), private sector maritime, and land that is under exclusive Federal jurisdiction, all of which are subject to Federal OSHA jurisdiction. See
29 CFR 1952.314.
Following the September 21, 2012 modification of the Hawaii State Plan's approval status, Federal OSHA assumed concurrent jurisdiction of private sector employment in the State and began providing enforcement activity in accordance with the terms of an Operational Status Agreement (OSA) [DOC* - 43KB, 2 pages] between Federal OSHA and Hawaii, signed on September 21, 2012.
Additional FAQs about the modification of the Hawaii State Plan's final approval status and the OSA can be found on HIOSH's website.
Regulations and Standards
Hawaii has chosen to adopt the majority of Federal OSHA standards verbatim. However, there are some
standards that, while deemed as effective as comparable federal standards, have significant
differences, and there are some HIOSH standards which do not have any federal counterparts. Examples
of HIOSH standards which differ from Federal OSHA standards are those for fall protection, steel
erection and air contaminants. HIOSH has requirements for safety and health programs and for
certification of hoisting equipment operators which have no Federal OSHA counterpart. HIOSH's
standards can be found online at the
Hawaii Standards Website.
HIOSH's standards are numbered in accordance with other state regulations and can be found under
Title 12, Subtitle 8.
During the period of concurrent Federal jurisdiction, Federal OSHA compliance officers will be conducting inspections, in accordance with the terms of the OSA, and issuing citations and penalties pursuant to Federal standards and policies. When Hawaii conducts an inspection, HIOSH compliance officers will issue citations and penalties under Hawaii's standards and policies. Resumption of concurrent Federal jurisdiction does not impose any new compliance obligations on affected employers since standards enforced under the Hawaii State Plan are either identical to Federal standards, or more stringent.
Information on enforcement activities including unique enforcement initiatives and local emphasis
programs can be obtained online at
HIOSH's website or by calling the numbers listed in the Contact Information section of this
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
HIOSH operates the
Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). HIOSH also offers safety and health
assistance to Hawaii's employers through a voluntary
on-site consultation program. Employers interested in applying for these programs should call
the phone number listed for Consultation in the Contact Information section above.
Policies and Procedures
HIOSH's program directives can be found under
Guidelines on the HIOSH website.
Informal Conferences and Appeals
Informal conferences may be requested at any time during the 20 calendar day period after an
employer receives a citation. HIOSH's policies regarding informal conferences can be found in their
- 57 KB]. Federal OSHA's policies regarding informal conferences can be found in Chapter 7 of the Federal FOM.
Hawaii Labor Relations Board hears and decides appeals of citations, including
penalties and abatement dates, issued by the enforcement unit of HIOSH.
Princess Keelikolani Bldg.
830 Punchbowl Street #434
Honolulu, HI 96813
PH: 808 586-8610
Fax: 808 586-8613
Email The Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
For basic information about Federal OSHA enforcement, including the appeals process, please see the OSHA Inspections Fact Sheet [PDF* - 54 KB].
HIOSH offers a wide variety of compliance assistance materials and services via its public internet
site. There is an online audio/visual library of occupational safety and health material available to the public
as well as other
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but
changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's
control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.
Accessibility Assistance: Contact the OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at 202-693-2244 for assistance
accessing DOC and PDF materials.
*These files are provided for downloading.