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Law Update: Effective 12/1/2019, Local Law 196 requires workers and supervisors at certain NYC construction sites to receive additional safety training.

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New York OSHA Training: What You Need to Know

Under Local Law 196, New York City now requires all workers within specified job sites to meet new OSHA training requirements. Signed into law back in October of 2017, the first phase of Local Law 196 is effective as of March 1, 2018.

Construction and demolition workers at any NYC job site with a Site Safety Plan must have 30 hours of Site Safety Training (SST) by December 1, 2019.

Who Is Affected by Local Law 196?

If a worksite requires a Site Safety Plan, then its workers must meet these new training requirements. Affected sites will have a designated Site Safety Coordinator/Manager and Construction Superintendent, both of which must also meet the new training requirement.

You can learn more about Site Safety Plans on the NY DOB's website.

What Are the New OSHA Training Requirements?

The new training requirements will be implemented in several stages:

First Stage

By March 1, 2018, all workers must have completed at least 10 hours of OSHA training. This means workers must complete a 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA course by that date. A 100-hour, NYC DOB-approved program will also satisfy this requirement.

Second Stage

By December 1, 2019, all workers must have 30 hours of training to earn a 30-hour OSHA card or a Limited Site Safety Training (SST) Card. To obtain these, workers must complete a 30-hour OSHA construction course. The DOB considers OSHA 30 cards in construction as equivalent to Limited SST cards.

Also by this date, supervisors will need 62 hours of training. This includes OSHA 30-Hour Training and an additional 32 hours of Site Safety Training.

Third Stage

By September 1, 2020, all workers must have a Site Safety Training Card. To obtain this card, which is valid for five years, workers must have a total of 40 hours of training.

What if I've Already Taken a 10- or 30-Hour OSHA Course?

If you completed a 10- or 30-hour course before or on October 16, 2017, then you have met the March 1 training requirement. If you completed a 30-hour course on or before that date, then you have already satisfied the December 1, 2019, requirement. Otherwise, you must take another course that meets the NY DOB's new requirements.

What if I'm Currently Taking a Course?

If you are currently taking a course, it will qualify if it meets the NY DOB's new requirements. If it does not, you will have to restart with a course that does.

Do's 10- and 30-Hour OSHA Courses Qualify?

Yes, they do. The New York City DOB is accepting courses from all OSHA-authorized online providers which are considered actively proctored under these requirements per the February 2018 Service Notice, which can be found here.

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