Public Hearing on December 28, 2016 Proposed Rules for Chapter 12-52.1 “Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses”

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in HIOSH News

Notice is hereby given of proposed rulemaking and public hearing by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH), to Title 12, Subtitle 8, Part 1, Chapter 52.1, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Law, Chapter 396, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), and the Hawaii Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 91, HRS.

The proposed amendments bring the HIOSH standards into conformity with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 permits states to operate their own occupational safety and health programs as long as the development and enforcement of safety and health standards are “…at least as effective in providing safe and healthful employment or places of employment…” as the OSHA standards. Therefore, HIOSH must adopt the OSHA standards.

A copy of the proposed rule changes will be made available for public viewing from the first working day that the legal notice appears in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii Tribune Herald, West Hawaii Today, The Maui News, and The Garden Island, through the day the public hearing is held, from Monday – Friday, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., at the following locations:  830 Punchbowl Street, Room 423, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720; 2264 Aupuni Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793; and 3060 Eiwa Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766.

Interested persons may request a copy of the proposed rules from HIOSH by written request mailed to 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 423, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, by electronic mail at dlir.hiosh@hawaii.gov, or by telephone at (808) 586-9116.  A copy of the proposed rules will be mailed to any interested person who requests a copy and pays ten cents per page plus postage.  The proposed rules may be viewed at our website at http://labor.hawaii.gov/hiosh/proposed-rules/.

Interested persons may present at the public hearing any written or oral data, views, arguments, comments, and objections concerning the proposals on:

December 28, 2016

1:00 p.m.

Keelikolani Building

830 Punchbowl Street, Room 427

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

The public hearing will be continued, if necessary, to a time, date, and place announced at the scheduled hearing.

Interested persons may submit written data, views, arguments, comments, and objections concerning the proposals to the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 423, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, or via electronic mail at dlir.hiosh@hawaii.gov. All submissions for the record must be received at or prior to the scheduled public hearing.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Call the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division at (808) 586-9116 (voice), or dial 711 and then ask for (808) 586-9116. A request for reasonable accommodations should be made no later than ten working days prior to the needed accommodations.

Dated:  November 27, 2016