Hawaii to Take on All Manufacturing Industry Inspections Beginning Oct. 1

Instead of sharing inspection responsibility with OSHA as it has the last year, the HIOSH will return to monitoring workplace safety in the manufacturing sector

Starting on October 1, manufacturing companies in Hawaii will return to being inspected by their state inspection organization (HIOSH) after being inspected on a national level for the last year, according to an article from Pacific Business News.

Various companies throughout Hawaii were inspected by OSHA for the last year as part of a three-year agreement made between OSHA and the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH). The agreement was made because HIOSH needed training, extra hands on inspections and some rebuilding on their already established program. After HIOSH had to lay off 32 of their 51 positions a few years ago, they began to fail a high number of required benchmarks. In fact, they only completed around half of their 835 inspections in the 2009 fiscal year. This led them to signing the agreement with OSHA.

Though the warehousing, construction and transportation industries will continue receiving inspections and aid from OSHA, general and manufacturing industries have been returned to the care of HIOSH.

According to Pacific Business News, state officials said that “regaining the manufacturing sector is a sign of progress for HIOSH.”

For more information, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2013/09/13/hawaii-takes-back-workplace-safety.html?page=all

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