STAND. COM. REP. NO.287-02
RE: H.B. No. 2527
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor and Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2527 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SAFETY INSPECTION FREQUENCIES FOR REGULATED EQUIPMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to provide for increased public safety and better customer service by allowing the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) to set reinspection frequencies of boilers and pressure systems, elevators, and kindred equipment, based on safety considerations.
DLIR testified in support of this measure.
DLIR explained that it is unable to recruit and retain qualified inspectors in order to meet the current law's requirement to conduct reinspections at least every 8 months for elevators and kindred equipment and at least every 13 months for boilers and pressure systems. Moreover, DLIR informed your Committee that due to technological advances, mandated inspections, at the frequency currently prescribed for by law, are unnecessary, increases costs to building owners and managers and to the public without a valid reason, and in the case of boilers, actually create greater hazards.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor and Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2527 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor and Public Employment,
SCOTT K. SAIKI, Chair