Hawaii Permissible Exposure Limits laws & safety compliance analysis

Hawaii Permissible Exposure Limits: What you need to know

Hawaii has adopted permissible exposure limits (PELs) for air contaminants in general industry workplaces that are stricter than the federal rule.

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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations/Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces in the state.

HAR 12-202-4.02

Hawaii has adopted the federal "Z tables" of air contaminants (Z tables at 29 CFR 1910.1000) with stricter exposure limits for many substances, and added several hazardous substances.

Federal OSHA had revised its Z tables of hazardous substances and PELs in the 1980s to include the substances adopted by Hawaii's standards, but in 1989 a federal circuit court struck down the OSHA revisions. Almost a dozen states, including California, Oregon, and Washington, retained the revised OSHA Z tables, which are stricter than existing federal standards.


For a copy of the state PEL table, here .

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