The State of Hawaii Department of Occupational Safety and Health (HIOSH) has new rules that change the requirements for companies with 10 to 24 employees. These rules were recently approved by Governor Ige.

As of August 18, 2018, all companies with 10 or more employees are required to develop a written safety and health program that satisfies HIOSH/OSHA requirements. Until now, only companies with 25 or more employees were required to have a written safety and health plan.

HIOSH construction standards have also changed accordingly:  A company is required to have a written safety and health program if they have 10 or more employees and/or have a contract with the state in excess of $100,000.

Under these new rules, many small companies will now need to develop a written safety and health program. To help these companies and others who have not developed a written safety plan, HIOSH has made two sample programs available to the public:

The HIOSH consultation and training branch is available to answer questions about these new regulations: 808-586-9100.

HEMIC’s safety and risk management consultants are also available to help HEMIC clients develop written safety and health plans that will meet HIOSH requirements.