Indoor and Radiological Health (IRH) Branch

The Indoor and Radiological Health (IRH) Branch consists of the following programs:

♦  Community Noise

♦  Radiation Control

♦  Air-Conditioning/Ventilation

♦  Asbestos

♦  Lead-Based Paint

♦  Indoor Air Quality

The Indoor and Radiological Health Branch conducts community health assessments for noise, radiation and indoor air pollution. It provides for access to essential services, and directs its resources towards problems that pose the greatest risk to public health and the environment.  In addition, the branch operates the State Radiological Response Team under State Civil Defense.

The branch conducts investigations of health and environmental-related problems, and performs regulatory functions to monitor compliance with applicable statutes and rules. These functions include permit issuance, monitoring, and enforcement. The IRH Branch also conducts consultative services, works toward building partnerships, and participates in programs for public outreach and education.

About the IRH Branch

Inspector conducting a routine test on an x-ray unit.

Inspector conducting a routine test on an x-ray unit.

Details the history, organizational structure, and legal authority governing the branch.

Noise Program
Forms and information about Objectives and Strategies governing the Noise Program.

Radiation Program
Forms and information about Objectives and Strategies governing the Radiation Program.

A/C Ventilation Program
Information about Objectives and Strategies governing the A/C Ventilation Program.

Asbestos Program
Forms and information about Objectives and Strategies governing the Asbestos Program.

Lead-Based Paint Program 
Forms and information about Objectives and Strategies governing the Lead-Based Paint Program.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program
Brochures and information about Objectives and Strategies governing the IAQ Program.

Future Issues

Long-term goals and objectives for the programs are constantly reviewed, modified and based on an assessment of public and environmental health needs. The success of the overall branch mission is based on the prioritization of general program elements.

  1. Permitting
    Procedures for Community Noise Permits and Variances, Air Conditioning and Ventilation System Permits, Asbestos Notifications, Radiation Facility/Services Licenses, and Radiologic Technology Licenses, must be evaluated in order to achieve an efficient and streamlined process without compromising public health and welfare.
  2. Inspections
    Inspection policies, procedures, and guidelines must be refocused to include initiatives to prevent significant public and environmental health impacts by encompassing public outreach and public education functions.
  3. Enforcement
    Disposal of asbestos containing materials at an approved landfill.

    Disposal of asbestos containing materials at an approved landfill.

    Enforcement procedures and penalty policies must be developed to further enhance the enforcement process.

  4. Education
    The education component includes public outreach and education, and research and training.
  5. Partnership
    Emphasis must be placed on developing and establishing partnerships with federal, state and county counterparts, industry, professional organizations, community groups, and the general public.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the:
Indoor and Radiological Health Branch
591 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-4700
Fax: (808) 586-5838
Jeffrey Eckerd, Program Manager 

Last update: July 14, 2013
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