New NYC Safety Training Requirements

August 1, 2018

Author: Equity Environmental Engineering

New NYC Safety Training Requirements

Per Local Law 196 of 2017, workers and supervisors at certain jobsites that require a Site Safety Plan will need to receive additional hours of safety training once Local Law 196 is fully phased-in by 2019. Workers are to receive a minimum of 40 hours of safety training and Supervisors are receive a minimum of 60 hours of safety training. So, what does this mean for your companies:

Training will be phased-in in three parts beginning on March 1, 2018, with full training being required by September 1, 2020.

By March 1, 2018, all workers & supervisors must have received a minimum of 10 hours of training.

By December 1, 2018 or June 1, 2019 if the Department determines that there is insufficient capacity to provide training, all workers must have 40 hours of training (i.e. 10 Hour OSHA Construction & 30 Hour OSHA Construction).  

Note, Supervisors will be required to have a Site Safety Training Supervisor Card, which means that they have been fully trained by December 1, 2018 or June 1, 2019. this card expires after five (5) years and is renewable upon an applicant showing he/she has, in the one-year period preceding submission of a renewal application, completed 16 training hours specified by the Department.

By May 1, 2019 or September 1, 2020 if the Department determines that there is insufficient capacity to provide training, workers must have a Site Safety Training (SST) Card which means that they have been fully trained.  The SST cards expire after five (5) years and are renewable upon an applicant showing he/she has, in the one-year period preceding submission of a renewal application, completed eight (8) training hours specified by the Department.

Are there any exemptions to Local Law 196 of 2017?

Yes, if you are a delivery person(s), flag person(s), Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, Special Inspector(s), and Department-licensee (excluding safety professionals) you do not need the additional hours of safety training. Also, if you are a worker that is only involved with minor alterations and/or the construction of a new 1-, 2-, or 3-family home you do not need the additional hours of safety training.

Note, if you fall into one of these categories mentioned above, but serve as a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, Concrete Safety Manager, Construction Superintendent or competent person, you must receive training.

For additional information visit:

NYC Building Safety: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/safety/safety.page

Local Law 196 of 2017: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/local_laws/ll196of2017.pdf 

Equity has certified safety instructors to help keep your workers in compliance with “ Local Law 196 of 2017 ”.  Should additional information regarding this law be made available, Equity will do their best to keep you informed through specific news blasts and/or our routine newsletters. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Equity’s Safety and Health Manager Faron Moser at 973-527-7451 x303 or faron.moser@equityenvironmental.com. 

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