The Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie and OSHA Regional Administrator, Ken Nishiyama Atha signed an agreement to temporarily share oversight for worker safety and health in the state. This was due to a need to bridge a gap in training and staff capacity and a 2010 Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation report issued by OSHA that questioned the state’s program. The agreement lists additional mandatory training opportunities for HIOSHA staff, temporary federal jurisdiction over some industries, and other elements aimed at returning the Hawaii state plan program to compliance with federal standards.

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