OSHA Hawaii Certification
While OSHA Hawaii regulations are extremely helpful for keeping you safe, they aren’t always easy to understand. That’s why we are discussing OSHA training regulations, including Hawaii state plan information, and how you can get your recommended courses.
Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction in Hawaii
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) allows states to assume their own occupational safety and health responsibilities as long as they're "at least as effective" as the federal program.
Hawaii has an official state plan that covers all state and local government workers in Hawaii, as well as most private sector workers. It adopted the majority of federal OSHA standards that are relevant for the people under their jurisdiction. However, they've made significant changes or additions in the following areas:
General Industry Standards:
- Noise Exposure
- Toxic Substances
- Industrial Lighting
- Worker Intoxication
- Safety and Health Program
- Signs, Signals, and Barricades
- Steel Erection
- Cranes and Derricks
- Worker Intoxication
The state plan is managed and enforced by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) under the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. HIOSH inspects workplaces, issues citations when necessary, and offers consultation services to help employers proactively comply with HIOSH regulations.
Federal OSHA still performs those services for a fraction of Hawaiians. Specifically, federal jurisdiction applies to:
- Federal agencies and employees
- The U.S. Postal Service, alongside private facilities operated by contractors for mail delivery on behalf of the USPS
- Maritime workplaces EXCEPT marine construction work done on vessels or other floating facilities (which are covered by HIOSH)
- Contractors, subcontractors and private-sector employees working on land under exclusive federal jurisdiction, including national parks and military installations
- Any establishment that has refused entry and the state can't obtain a warrant to enforce their right of entry
- Working conditions of aircraft cabin crewmembers onboard aircraft in operation
OSHA Hawaii Training Requirements
Since Hawaii adopted the majority of applicable federal OSHA standards, federal training requirements are a good place to start.
OSHA Hawaii requires training on specific safety standards that apply to your job functions. The list of topics for those under HIOSH jurisdiction will largely be the same, but employers may need to supplement the federal list with state-specific topics or incorporate HIOSH-specific standards into training content.
Federal OSHA also has Outreach courses (sometimes referred to as "DOL cards") that cover common requirements for your industry. Even though OSHA doesn't require OSHA Outreach training, some employers might. In that case, you’ll either need an OSHA 10-Hour course for entry-level workers or an OSHA 30-Hour course for supervisors.
Benefits of OSHA Training for Workers in Hawaii
While the primary goal of OSHA safety training is improve worksite injury, accident, and fatality rates, employees aren’t the only ones to benefit from safety training. When Hawaii employers invest in OSHA training programs, they can:
- Avoid penalties from OSHA inspections
- Lower workers’ compensation costs
- Increase productivity and financial performance
If you’re not yet convinced of the life-saving benefits safety training can have, read the below statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Hawaii labor agencies. These statistics prove the necessity of safety training in preventing fatalities, accidents, and fines.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Hawaii
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 20 fatal occupational injuries in Hawaii in 2017, while nationally there were 5,147 fatal occupational injuries.
Of the 20 fatalities:
- 10 were the result of transportation incidents
- 5 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 3 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
The industries with the greatest number of fatalities were:
- 7 in government (6 federal and 1 state)
- 6 in various private service industries
- 5 in construction
2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Hawaii
As you can see, workers in Hawaii, especially in construction, are at risk for injury and accidents. But workers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from safety training; employers can use training to reduce their risk of OSHA inspection enforcement penalties.
While OSHA lists the top enforcement cases by state on their website, to give you a quick idea of the high stakes of OSHA noncompliance, here were the top cases of 2019.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|HI||1422715.015||DHS - HPHA, Central Maintenance Services||HONOLULU||09/26/2019||$56,838.00|
|HI||1368386.015||Wahiawa General Hospital||WAHIAWA||06/21/2019||$95,983.00|
|HI||1419141.015||AOUO Symphony Honolulu||HONOLULU||09/25/2019||$106,080.00|
Federal and State OSHA Offices in Hawaii
The federal office only covers federal agencies, the U.S. Postal Service, private-sector maritime industries, and operations on land that is under exclusive federal jurisdiction.
Everyone else should contact the Hawaii state plan office.
You can locate contact information for both offices on OSHA's website.
Additional Hawaii Resources for Safety Information
In addition to the information we have provided, you can visit additional Hawaii state agency and association websites for more information on safety resources.
State of Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health (HIOSH): The HIOSH administers occupational health and safety laws in addition to boiler and elevator safety laws.
Hawaii Disability Compensation Division (DCD): The DCD provides information about Hawaii’s workers’ compensation laws and how employees can access their benefits.
Enroll Now in OSHA Hawaii Training Courses
While you can now see how essential OSHA Hawaii training is for the safety and well-being of workers, you’re not quite done in your safety training journey – you still need to sign up for a training course!
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