The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) is part of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The main office is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Hawaii State Plan applies to all private and state and local government sector workplaces in the state, with the exception of federal government workers. Federal government workers, including those employed by the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime, and land that is under exclusive federal jurisdiction are covered by OSHA.
HIOSH has adopted the majority of OSHA standards that would relate to state and local government and private sector workplaces. Some standards have significant differences and there are some standards that do not have any federal counterparts. HIOSH has adopted the following unique standards:
HIOSH compliance is responsible for the enforcement of HIOSH safety and health standards. HIOSH utilizes the Field Operations Manual (FOM) to provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of HIOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and employee complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Hawaii can be found on the Hawaii State Plan website.
HIOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. HIOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers – both state and local government and private – comply with HIOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Hawaii State Plan website.
HIOSH management personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The Hawaii Labor Relations Board hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications, and penalties issued by HIOSH’s enforcement unit.
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.
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