STAND. COM. REP. NO.3039
RE: H.B. No. 2527
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Labor, to which was referred H.B. No. 2527 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SAFETY INSPECTION FREQUENCIES FOR REGULATED EQUIPMENT,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to delete the maximum allowable intervals between state inspections of boilers, pressure systems, and elevators.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).
Your Committees find that the DLIR performs an invaluable public function by ensuring that potentially dangerous equipment that is commonly used by members of the public is regularly inspected by trained inspectors.
Particularly with respect to elevators, your Committees find that regular inspections by the State are absolutely necessary. The State must make every effort to protect the public safety. While boiler and pressure system inspections are also important, the general public has less contact with those systems, and your Committees find that DLIR should have the flexibility to set the intervals for inspections of those systems through administrative rules.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Restoring the mandatory inspection intervals for elevators and kindred equipment, but not for boilers and pressure systems;
(2) Specifying that elevators and kindred equipment be inspected not more than at one-year intervals rather than eight months; and
(3) Making technical changes for clarity and style, and to correct statutory language.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Labor that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2527, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2527, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Labor,
BOB NAKATA, Chair
CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair